Mindfulness in Everyday Life: Unleashing the Giant Within Beyond the Plate by Maria Khaled RD, LD

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Mindfulness- we talk about it, but what is it? What does it really mean to practice mindfulness in daily life, as well as behind the plate and beyond. Don’t’ get me wrong- I get it. We live in a busy world with distractions all around us. To be in the present moment, without multitasking, focusing on everything else you need to do during the day, running errands, meeting deadlines, checking your phone, etc., who has time to think about being mindful.

I remember when I started my spiritual journey, a book that was and still is widely publicized was The Power of Now- by Eckhart Tolle. It focused on the importance of being still in the moment and just being- not thinking about distractions, things on your to do list, what you ate for breakfast, but just focusing on the stillness of the present moment and being still. Are you feeling pain or something that prevents you from just being in the moment. Try to just meditate, listen to your breath and focus on the now- not yesterday, tomorrow or the future- just the present moment. How does it make you feel? Being in the moment and releasing all distractions on your journey. Focusing on just your breath and being still, listening to birds chirping around you or cars racing by, all while just being in the moment observing- no judgement.

It makes me think back to one of the Bruce Lee movies I use to watch- I believe it was Enter the Dragon where Bruce Lee was teaching one of his students and asked him to just pay attention and look at his finger that Lee was holding up- just focus on it. Every time the boy would look up and around Lee would tell him- no, stay still and just observe the finger or you will miss all of that heavenly glory. I did not quite comprehend all of what he meant as a child watching it at the time, but as an awakened being, I now do.  Being still and in the present moment, not being distracted is not always an easy task on our journeys in the busy, sometimes chaotic world that we live in. But this mindfulness, stillness of being in the present moment and releasing what no longer serves you (ie any distractions)  is vital to one’s spiritual growth and awareness.

Once we can stay present, meditate and be mindful of our just being present, we can start being one with the Universe and co-create with source. It is important to also let go of all that no longer serves us with this mindfulness approach to being present. This was not easy for me on my journey as I tend to over give and blame myself for things that are many times out of my control. If I cannot find a solution, I often will get down or beat myself up on the journey. It has taken me a long time to overcome this feeling of not being able to provide solutions for things that are many times out of my control and let it go to the Universe. I had to learn to accept what is and not feel the need to control all avenues of my life as sometimes you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink.

That saying rings very true and it is at these times that we must accept it for what it is, exhaust all resources of course to first try to improve a situation. However, once you have done everything within your power, exhausted all resources and still see no change, leave it for the Universe and source to handle. In other words, the hardest thing for me to accept on my journey, I would have to let it go. Yes, not easy for an empath who cares too much at times and feels the need to have to control things at times and find solutions for all problems.

As I mentioned, it’s not as though you give up and not exhaust all resources first. This is only meant for once you’ve tried everything you know humanly possible, prayed and did what you could to help a situation, and still see little to no results/change, leave it for the Most High and the Universe to help at this point. After all, isn’t the definition of insanity doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results?

Once you really grasp this concept and practice it, things become a little less burdensome. Unfortunately, it was not until I went within, read books such as the The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle and Awaken the Giant Within by Tony Robbins, did I start realizing these truths to relevant on my own journey to transforming into the greatest version of myself.

In other words, nobody told these to me and I had to go within, seek answers, read and discover knowledge and then connect with the Most High and the Universe and spirit team to really realize the importance of this.

So I want to leave you with – Embrace the Power of Now and Awaken that Giant within. You can co-create with the Universe and transform into that greatest version on yourself.

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