Some people think you need solitude, a quiet room and closed eyes to mediate. In reality you can create a mediation practice where 'being in the moment' and 'quieting the mind' becomes second nature.
Not saying I'm completely there but I've become more aware. There's a certain stillness in myself. Moments when I don't really think about anything. I just am. I observe. I breathe. I see. I feel alive being there with my surroundings.. simply being.
Before we flew back home from a soulful trip to NYC I did just that. I sat there breathing in Central Park for the last time in I don't know how long. I was so grateful to be there in those final moments. I sat still and circled rocks, making mandalas.
I left the area better than it was before.
I breathed in the fresh air and froze my mind in time. I mediated in my own way.. creating a mandala with the sparkly rocks and gems from the area. I hope whoever sat in that spot next saw it and felt joy, gratitude, like life was totally worth it.
The truth about mindfulness is there's no secrets, theres's practice. Once you practice it in enough it becomes automatic. You simply meditate as you are, where you are. You can quiet your mind at any moment even in the loudest of parks. That's what I call mindless meditation.
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Heatherlee is a fearless mom, designer, artist and community maker in St. Paul, MN. She's a doula-in-training, apprentice energy worker and life long learner interested in wellness, social entrepreneurship and the intersection of culture, consciousness and creativity. More about Heatherlee's entry into women's health and birth work, and her career milestones so far.