Saturday, May 28, 2011

Mindfulness

One practice we should all learn, or pay attention to is mindfulness. This is one of the centeral practices of Buddhism but serves to be practical in all parts of life. Yoga brings us union between our physical selves, and our spirit through movement and pranyam. QiGong acts much the same way, paying attention to energy flow focus and pranyam. Reiki packs much the same power where good mindful intention is transmitted to a desired "target".

Interestingly, this weekend I chose to work in service to one of my places of practice I call this Seva Yoga, or Karma Yoga... yoga of service. During this practice I relaxed into a total state of zen and mindfulness, focusing on the work as meditation... as work for God. When I was done, I then had to refocus on the sometimes dreadful task of auto maintainence. (One was my motorcycle if you get the metaphor.)

I talk to my Yoga and QiGong students always about Itention. Intention is transforming positive or even devotional mindfulness into energy that we can then "infuse" into our task. The old song, "Whistle While You Work" is a song about bringing joy to your work. Which of the Seven Dwarfs would you rather prepare your meal, fix your car, or clean your home? Grumpy? or Happy? Logically the outcome can only be enhanced with a joyful provider. Now what if the work was not only happy, but you were to recieve it with joy? Mindfully acknowleging, "I am recieving this service with an attitude of joy, and thankfulness."  Wouldn't that be much nicer?

This author is human and fallable and sometimes not in my Zen state of mind. As I tread the spiritual path longer, and grow more grey hair I tend to find that the way of Joy and the way of Mindfullness serves me well and acts as a testament to those around me of the benefits of such a way of life.

Long before the spiritual path came into play, I learned about the "self fullfiling prophecy" and "the power of positive thinking". I began to attempt those practices long before understanding the deeper tools I have since learned to apply them more intentionally.

I've learned to call it Magnatism, or Reiki, or being an instrument of God. In any case I think it serves us all to be mindfull of the energy we put into our every moment an that which we broadcast to others.

Nomaste

Brian

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