Today in my inbox I received an email that reminded me to engage in something that has been proven over and again through research and experience to lend our brains toward mindfulness, happiness and connection.

Here is what the email said:

The medieval German theologian and mystic Meister Eckhart said,

“If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, ‘thank you,’ that would suffice.”

So here we are in this moment, reading this post, and I’m inviting you to do a 1-minute practice of the things in life you’re grateful for.

If your mind is restless and wants to skip past this short exercise, check-in and see if there’s any discomfort.

Sometimes we actually have discomfort when considering what we’re grateful for. In fact, this discomfort can even cause us to skip over the practice of gratefulness altogether.

The result is that we may be denying ourselves the benefits of a practice proven to aid in the experience of life satisfaction and the encouragement of comfortable emotions.

If you experience discomfort, sense into it — allowing this awareness to also become a part of the practice.

This is an example of a Daily Now Moment that are available free through The Now Effect Community. While these are not the actual Now Moments from The Now Effect, they’ve been created to support you toward intentionally practicing bringing a greater sense of clarity, possibility and happiness into your life.

Note the very important piece that directs you to become aware of the mind’s restlessness, impatience or snap judgments around engaging gratitude, which is an act that has been proven to be an integral to connection and happiness.

It’s this type of experience that we want to pay attention to because it’s doing something very interesting. It automatically steers us in the opposite direction of health and well-being. While our individual reasons for what our brains are doing would be worth inquiring into, for now, just note when it happens, note the feeling and redirect to giving yourself the chance to experience this practice fresh, with a beginner’s mind and just see what you notice.

Let your experience be your teacher.

Please take this gift with you today, read the passage over again and integrate it into your day as an experiment.

As always, please share your thoughts, stories and questions below. Your interaction creates a living wisdom for us all to benefit from.

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APA Reference
Goldstein, E. (2012). Daily Now Moments to Cultivate Mindfulness and Happiness. Psych Central. Retrieved on December 21, 2014, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/mindfulness/2012/03/daily-now-moments-to-cultivate-mindfulness-and-happiness/

 

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