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Cultivating Curiosity

By George Marino CPC, CMMT

June 26, 2020Cultivating Curosity

Mindfulness practice is something you can do at any time. Even noticing that you are not practicing mindfulness is mindfulness—it’s that simple. You’ll reach a point when mindfulness is no longer something you do but rather what you’ve become. You know that a description of China is not China, nor is a map of China. To know China, one has to go there, and to know mindfulness, one has to live it daily. Not perfectly, of course, and that is one of its defining features. We return again and again to mindfulness.

I learned about the beginner’s mindset and how simple mindfulness meditation can be one day on a retreat. Halfway through the meditation, the teacher guiding our group said, “Now let’s begin our meditation.” She was pointing to the present moment. We are all beginners, you and I, and that makes mindfulness so much fun. The newness of each moment is a metaphoric “big bang.” Now, now, now.

That said, it is helpful to consciously remind yourself, in a way that suits you, to incorporate mindfulness into your daily routine. This can help you bring mindfulness into your workday and relationships. You are not required, nor is it preferable, to have a goal in mind as you start practicing mindfulness. The practice itself is the goal, and you can return to it again, literally moment to moment when distractions happen, as they will.

Mindfulness cannot be done in a right or wrong way. When the mind is distracted, gently and kindly accept this as part of your journey. This is a mindful act of self-compassion. The moment you realize you are not mindfully present, you are in fact already present.

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