Boot Camp? I’m not talking about joining the Army and wearing a uniform. I asking what would it take for you to reach the next level of growth in your life? Maybe you’re happy with the status quo and want to keep things just as they are and not rock the boat. You know the old saying, “Don’t fix it if it’s not broken.”
Does taking the next step mean there is something broken? Of course not!
I believe we all want to reach our fullest potential. And I believe each and every one of us will face our own obstacles to living a meaningful and fulfilling life. How we move beyond those obstacle is a matter of choice. That’s right. We can make a choice to act in the service of our dreams. This sounds easy. Right? However, I know it can be a challenge.
Have you ever bought a new kitchen gadget and found it made life easier? Are you wondering where I am going with this line of inquiry? Stick with me here. Gadgets are awesome tools to help us accomplish tasks. One of my favorite kitchen tools is a common place potato peeler. It has been around for over 100 years which is a long time. It’s easy to use, takes no batteries nor uses electricity. You don’t need an instruction manual to learn how to operate it and it is down right effective. Today there are a variety of different types but they all operate on the same premise.
My favorite tool for taking the next step in my life is mindfulness. Mindfulness has been around longer than the potato peeler and very easy to use as well. The utility of mindfulness is limitless. Also, you do not need a lengthy and complicated manual to learn mindfulness. Hint: Mindfulness is NOT meditation. Mindfulness is being fully aware.
According to Jon Kabat-Zinn: Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment non-judgmentally. Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D.is founding director of the Stress Reduction Clinic, and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts.
I know you can learn to be mindfulness. It takes practice. I have the ideal activity for you to practice mindfulness. Go get your kitchen gadget the vegetable peeler and peel a carrot or an apple. Perhaps you can peel a few potatoes for dinner or breakfast. You can even peel a mango or a kiwi. When you embark on the activity be sure to pay attention to the texture of the item, the smell in the air and take a small taste. Become aware of the memories that flash through your mind and then bring your attention back to how you hold the peeler and how it feels in your hand and the noise it makes when you stroke it against the skin and flesh of the fruit separating the fine layers.
Go ahead and notice how this experience is with acceptance for what it is – peeling something to eat or cook.
What’s your next step?
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