Day #23: Bee in the moment

Here is a bee I met. It was a pretty cool encounter on one level and weird on others. Let me tell you the story. 

Usually my frenzy upon encountering a bee would be analogous with the frenzied flight of the bee itself. On this occasion I let go of the usual 'shooing' away action. Something in me encouraged me to adopt a different attitude and forego aggressively waving my hand. I got into a kind of zone with the bee. Some might say it was the red wine, but I don't think so. It wasn't influenced, it was actually quite pure. I kind of connected with the bee on a level where we were equals. Ya know - living creatures sharing the same space at the same time doing our thing. I know this might sound strange and that's because it is - and that's cool with me. You? 

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Day #21: The Plight of Perfectionism

When things get full on or I get stressed out, I notice patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaviour. Some patterns are useful. Being able to easily and quickly retrieve ways of functioning that help me to be efficient and effective can be a huge asset. Then there are unhelpful that can really undermine my confidence, performance, and wellbeing. These patterns can be a serious vulnerability and even become vices.

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Day #19: Being... Yep, Just Being....

We will all have list of to do's, problems to resolve, obligations to satisfy, and dreams to follow.

Here's some guidance for you to consider...

At that time each day when you're happy you've ticked off your quota, take a moment for yourself to 'just be'.

I have a cheeky smile on my face having written that. It's a nice idea, right? But, yeah, we just don't seem to work like that do we?

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Day #18: Being Ace!

Quick recap so we know where we are - Thursday we looked at the first competency that enables mindful living - Concentration and Being Focussed. Friday we looked at the second - Contemplation and Being Open. Which means, Saturday was for Cultivation - Being Ace!

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Day #17: Being Open

Today zoom's in on Contemplation and Being Open as the 2nd in the trilogy of competencies that enable us to live mindfully.

Recap - yesterday's installment on the (En)Lighten Up! experiment looked at Concentration and Being Focussed. That means tomorrow we will look at Cultivation and Being Ace! But, let's not get ahead of ourselves..

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Day #16: Being Focussed

Today I practiced the trilogy of strategies I believe are key to being focused, open-minded, and downright ace! The three skills are my configuration of key skills and techniques we build through mindfulness practice. They are: 

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Day #14: Just 'role' with it

There are heaps of strategies I draw on to bring out my best in the personal, professional, and social domains of life. I've mentioned some strategies in the (En)Lighten Up! experiment already. Mindfulness practice, yoga, and psychological techniques drawn from Acceptance and Commitment have been incredibly beneficial. That being noted, I must emphasise the value of loved ones.   

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Day 13#: Choose it or lose it

When I was younger I had a tendency to spark warfare on myself when I got stressed out about something.

Sometimes my reaction to stress would be to get frustrated with myself. For instance, if I didn't do as well as I wanted to in a school test or if I didn't meet expectations I thought others have of me to in an athletics competition.

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Day #11: Breathing and Balancing

Today, I want to share two key quotes that inspire me be energetic, strong, and resilient. They inspire me to (En)Lighten Up! and move forward...

“If you know the point of balance, you can settle the details. If you can settle the details, you can stop running around. Your mind will become calm. If your mind becomes calm, you can think in front of a tiger. If you can think in front of a tiger, you will surely succeed”

Mencius – the most famous Confucian after Confucius. 327-289 BC

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Day #10: There is never enough time!

In the shower this morning I lost my balance. Now, your mind might have just conjured up a terrible visual of a naked mid-thirties dude having an uncoordinated and embarrassing fall. That's not where this is going... I'm referring to losing balance up in my noggin.

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Day #9: It was there the whole time!

That golden moment you realise you already had what you were looking for...

Picture this, I get home from a long day of work and my end-of-day yoga class. When I get home, job #2 kicks in as I enter parenting mode. It is time for the bath, dinner, and bed routine with my 14 month old baby girl (first child) with teamwork (more so leadership) from my awesome wife Sarah. My baby girl was happy to see me when I got home (love it), and she enjoyed bath time and dinner. When it came time for bed, however, it was a different story. There were multiple trips over the next 2 hours as Sarah and I trekked in and out of her nursery because she had an unsettling cold and fever. Finally, she drifted off to sleep so Sarah and I could think about doing the same...  

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Day #7: Adding Playfulness to Mindfulness to (En)Lighten the 'F' Up!

Why so serious?

The science showing the many levels of benefits we can obtain from mindfulness practice is trending exponentially. From evidence on the positive impact mindfulness has on our brain chemistry and genes, to the (re)wiring in our brains and effective functioning of our body. Mindfulness helps us level up our performance, as well as our health, wellbeing, and relationships. 

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Day #6: Mindfulness for Manic Monday's

Monday's, hey?... You with me?

Monday's can be so full-on and fast-paced that we feel like we have no alternative but to fly through the day like one long-winded sentence just like this one right here which means we don't even take the time to breathe and this leads us to push and push and push to the point that we nearly collapse in a heap at the end of the day wondering why we didn't make time breathe and pause....

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