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What’s in a Mindful Moment?

Over 10 years ago I had a realization that we walk through life often times unaware of all the sacred moments that are there. I was curious whether we could become more aware of these moments as they were happening and also were they possible to cultivate? After conducting a national research study I found that not only can we train ourselves to be more aware of them and we can also cultivate meaningful moments. Not only that it’s associated with stress reduction and increased well-being, but all the interviews pointed to a common theme of feeling more connected to life.

What is sacred in life is right in front of us and we often time don’t realize it until it’s passed. We’re “too busy” in our own heads to see it.

The other day I was at a Mindful Self-Compassion training with Christopher Germer, PhD and Kristin Neff, PhD where they showed this video which reconnected me to the sacred in everyday life.

Now I’m going to share it with you.

The moments in our lives are so precious because they’re here and then gone so quickly.

Make it a point today to be more present to what’s sacred in your life. Take a moment, breathe it in and allow it to linger for a few seconds. This isn’t to grasp onto it, it will eventually pass, but it’s to live fully for the whole of it.

See what you notice as you begin to become more mindful of the sacred moments of your life. Allow your experience to be your teacher.

As always, please share your thoughts, stories and questions below. Your interactions are a living wisdom that we all benefit from.

What’s in a Mindful Moment?


Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. is creator of the six month online program A Course in Mindful Living, author of the book Uncovering Happiness: Overcoming Depression with Mindfulness and Self-Compassion, The Now Effect, co-author of A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook, Foreword by Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of Mindfulness Meditations for the Anxious Traveler: Quick Exercises to Calm Your Mind, the premier eCourse Basics of Mindfulness Meditation: A 28 Day Program, the Mindful Solutions audio series, and the Mindfulness at Work™ program currently being adopted in multiple multinational corporations. Join The Now Effect Community for free Daily Now Moments and a Weekly Newsletter. Dr. Goldstein is a clinical psychologist in private practice in West Los Angeles.


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Goldstein, E. (2013). What’s in a Mindful Moment?. Psych Central. Retrieved on December 11, 2019, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/mindfulness/2013/11/whats-in-a-mindful-moment/

 

Last updated: 21 Nov 2013
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