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Working With Mindfulness

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Mindfulness is a buzz word today, but like the word, meditation, it's also a much misunderstood. 

In its essence, mindfulness is paying attention. That's it. I know, it sounds simple, and it is, but it's also a lot more difficult to do than we can imagine. 




Electronic Monkey Mind

Paying attention, not wandering in your thoughts. But we live in a world of constant distraction: phones, computers, cable/satellite TV, the internet, and on and on. We are often over scheduled and underwhelmed. As much as our modern electronic world keeps us connected, it also distracts us. Think of all the concerts where people watch the show on the cell phone they hold up in front of themselves, instead of watching the actual performance. Talk about distraction. 

Or think about all the times you are involved in your practice and your phone rings or beeps. Do you stop and answer it, or do you keep going. And if you keep going, are you distracted by the thought of who that call or message might be fr…

Are You Ever Good Enough?

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Are you ever good enough? Does doing your best in any situation really mean anything? These are important questions we artists often ask ourselves.

I think it's important to acknowledge these questions, but also to distance ourselves from them in order to look at them objectively. It's all too easy to get caught up in emotions when applying these to ourselves.

Good enough is such a subjective idea. Good enough for who or what? I feel that it is important to realize that we can only do the best we can at any given point in time. Today's best may be different than yesterday's. Things are fluid. We all have good days and bad days. The important thing is to stick with your practice. Stay on the path. If you have rituals that you do, keep doing them. If you meditate, keep meditating. If you run or work out, keep running or working out. Keep following your path.

Self Realization

You need to realize that every moment of your life is different from every other one. To try and comp…