I was blessed to have the opportunity to offer the inspirational message during Unity Center of Tulsa’s Sunday service on February 28. The link is now available on their website if you are guided to listen. Mark Bryan opens with one of my favorite songs, “I Can See Clearly Now.” The meditation starts at 28:05 and message starts at 36:48.
Kevin Kramer, Unity Center of Tulsa, Spiritual Board of Trustees President conveyed his thoughts in this week’s newsletter: “Shelly Wilson’s awakening (or reminder) call last Sunday about Awareness and Mindfulness was absolutely wonderful! None of us can begin our healing journey and spiritual growth until we first become aware that we are our own worst enemies in being the source of our own self-limitation and negative-speak! The blessing is, that it is never too late to start learning and practicing awareness. What follows naturally, is mindfulness. With mindfulness, judgment (of self and others) begins to fall away and compassion is born. Wisdom and understanding fills the void left behind, which gradually becomes your center of Peace.”
Link to listen: http://unityoftulsa.sermon.net/main/main/20618338
Mindfulness is being aware of or bringing attention to this moment in time, deliberately and without judging the experience. Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh is a spiritual leader, author, poet and peace activist, who is respected throughout the world for his powerful teachings on mindfulness and peace. Among his many important teachings is that in order to heighten one’s awareness, it is essential to be mindful of all that is experienced in each and every moment. He teaches that incorporating enhanced awareness into our daily life will ultimately enrich our lives. He states, “Through mindfulness, we can learn to live happily in the present moment, which is the only way to truly develop peace, both in one’s self and in the world.”
The Plum Village.org website talks about mindfulness as, “the energy of being aware and awake to the present moment. It is the continuous practice of touching life deeply in every moment of daily life. To be mindful is to be truly alive, present and at one with those around you and with what you are doing. We bring our body and mind into harmony while we wash the dishes, drive the car or take our morning shower.”
Consciously practicing mindfulness in our daily activities will enhance our life and offer us the ability to attain peace within. You can do this while folding clothes, washing dishes, pulling weeds or any other task. Whatever you do as a daily practice, you can do mindfully. Choose to experience simple, routine tasks as if for the first time, while savoring the sensations and absorbing the details of the task you are focused on, such as brushing your teeth, getting dressed, listening and talking, eating and drinking as well as driving. Go for a mindful walk and notice every detail you encounter – trees, flowers, people, cars, insects, birds, clouds, smells and sounds, etc. rather than pondering and creating to-do lists or revisiting the day’s events. Intentionally, focus your awareness on one particular item. When outside, look at one leaf on a tree, one stone, one flower, etc. You may also focus on one piece of art or decoration within a room.
Mindfulness helps us to become really present, so we respond wisely to a challenge and experience in each moment as it unfolds. Consciously become present and choose to live in the present moment. Focus your energy right here, right now in this moment rather than dwelling in the past or focusing on the future. Focus on living, be-ing and breathing in the moment.
Awareness involves being conscious and utilizing our five senses – sight, taste, touch, smell and hearing; and it also includes being cognizant of one’s surroundings and the people coming into and leaving our life. The Universe assists us in bringing people, teachers and experiences into our awareness, so that we can learn, heal and grow. By allowing ourselves to be present in the here and now, we are able to see our experiences from a Higher soul perspective – through the eyes of love rather than fear.
Tune in with your 5 senses to heighten psychic senses
Become aware of energetic emission/transmission: thoughts, words, actions – what we are putting out into the Universe
Tips to Assist with Mindfulness & Awareness
Breathe – overwhelmed, refresh “browser,” awareness/mindfulness
Meditate/Reflect – listen to Higher self, angels, guides; don’t dwell, just reflect; journal thoughts, dreams, etc.
Identify triggers & Patterns – what affects you, same type individual or experience
Non-attachment to the Outcome – observe, allow, let go
Life can be found only in the present moment.
The past is gone, the future is not yet here, and if we do not go back to ourselves in the present moment,
we cannot be in touch with life.
~ Thich Nhat Hanh