What does mindfulness mean? It means living in the moment and being aware of what is happening, both inside and outside. How do we reach this peaceful state? When we meditate, we slide into this vibration and we are in the Now. Just clearing the mind brings us in contact with this blissful feeling, and we have unlimited access to it. Mindfulness allows us to be kind and non-judgmental towards others and also ourselves.

Jon Kabat-Zinn is a professor emeritus of medicine and the creator of the Stress Reduction Clinic and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. His technique of Mindful Yoga combines meditation and the traditional Hatha Yoga. It has spread worldwide and helps people to cope with stress, anxiety, pain, and illness (Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jon_Kabat-Zinn. Major medical institutions have accepted the mindfulness/yoga connection, and it is widely recommended for cancer patients.

Living myself with a rare, progressive and incurable cancer, being mindful helps me tremendously. It allows me to continue a meaningful life, despite the limitations this disease imposed on me. It also makes me fully aware and grateful for what my husband and friends do for me, and I feel deep gratitude for life and the blessings it offers. I am able to live a balanced life, in which I can compensate for the lows and enjoy the highs to the fullest.

In a mindful state we can more intently experience our surroundings, while feeling peace, comfort and wellbeing. Life has its ups and downs, and stress is everywhere. Let’s remember, though, that we have the choice between being battered by life’s waves, or remaining anchored and remaining focused and mindful. We can only live a fulfilled life and help others when we are balanced, loving, and live in the present. A leaf floating in the wind offers no support, it just goes wherever the wind takes it.

We can achieve awareness through meditation. Not only will we be able to live a more mindful and happier life, but we will also improve our health and be better equipped to handle stress. If you haven’t started yet, don’t wait any longer. You cannot afford it.

Silvia Coggin, CPC
Author and Founder of NotJustCooking.com

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10 Responses to “Mindfulness”

    • Silvia Coggin

      Thank you so much. Hope all is well with you and Sandy.

  1. Sandy

    Silvia – another helpful point well said, and well taken. You have such a gift for helping us slow down and contemplate what is important. You continue in my prayers.

    • Silvia Coggin

      Your kind words touch me deeply, and I am so happy that you relate to my writing. It means a lot to me. Thanks, Sandy

  2. Lois

    Again, you have touched my heart with your words. Thank you!!!!

    • Silvia Coggin

      So happy you enjoy my blogs, Lois. I write from the heart and am so happy it touched yours.

  3. Heide

    I value your advice and keep it close to my heart. Thank you.

    • Silvia Coggin

      Thank you Heide. Your support means a lot to me.

  4. Robert Oro

    We just came back form seeing a friend we had not seen in 38 years.
    We all walked in the Botanical Gardens near her home. Was a mindful moment for all. Enjoy the beauty of the Gardens and the memories of 38 years gone bye.
    Hi to Steve,
    Enjoy the Journey,
    Bob and Debbie

    • Silvia Coggin

      It must have been such an emotional visit after 38 years, and I am so happy for you all.


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