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Mindfulness and independence: observing fireworks - creativeness


"It's a free country," they say. "Celebrate our independence," I hear.

Well, I'm all for having a party, but it strikes me that you don't have to be an American to be conscious of freedom, and doing what I'm told isn't the best way to bring to bear independence.

So, let's develop that notion of choice just a bit, and look at how we can befit more aware of the fireworks that are lighting up our minds.

What sets off your mental fireworks? What ignites your not public jug rockets?

Perhaps it's a austere pet peeve, like small shoulder bag dogs, or Jello salad, or colonize who talk on their cell phones too loudly. Maybe you go ballistic when you hear a a number of song. We often have acute reactions to moderately minor clothes based on our own a small amount stories about them.

Maybe you save your fireworks for the big-ticket items-issues like war, poverty, health, and education.

In your head or in the sky above, when those fireworks start exploding, you've got two choices. You can either:

1) Hoot/holler, ooh/ahh, whistle/clap


2) Watch quietly

What do YOU do?

How do you answer back when that opening flash appears? Do you get immovable up in the excitement of it? Are you apt to share your enthusiasm in a way that is noisy-or are you more expected to watch in silence? What is your Actual TENDENCY?

In the name of autonomy everywhere, I'd like to offer this tip to those who may be certain that mindfulness requires silence: try creation noise. And to those who are more possible to hoot and holler, here's a suggestion: be quiet.

In other words, use fireworks as an opening to free physically from your archetypal rejoinder pattern, and pay consideration to the inventiveness of it. After all, mindfulness starts when we advertisement a little new. So, as an alternative of focusing on at all times conclusion amazing to get excited about, try amendment your own way of reacting. And then, watch THAT.

Start with the big, glorious displays in the night sky. Observe. Watch yourself. Do what you as a rule wouldn't do.

Later, try the same thing with those mental fireworks. Observe. Watch yourself. Do what you as usual wouldn't do.

And celebrate your independence.

Maya Lucky charm Frost is a mind masseuse in Portland, Oregon. Because of her company, Real-World Mindfulness Training, she teaches creative and athletic eyes-wide-open alternatives to meditation. To subscribe to her free weekly ezine, the Friday Mind Massage, entertain visit http://www. MassageYourMind. com

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