I had a great conversation with someone this week about mindfulness. Usually when someone says that word we conjure up blissful images of quiet rooms, comfortable cushions, or maybe a babbling brook. Those are all great images--they can inspire one to take in their surroundings without judgement, evaluation, or thought. It's not a requirement, however. Mindfulness simply put is seeing things as they are while quieting the minds' ongoing narrative about what is being experienced. You can be mindful someplace peaceful. You can also be mindful someplace noisy, upsetting, or otherwise distracting.
For the last 39 days I've been involved in a little project of mind: 365 Days of Mindfulness. My hope is to stand in one spot every day for a year and spend five seconds being mindful. I'm recording the image of what I see from that spot and uploading it to the blog. If you look on the right you'll see a widget window that plays a slideshow of the pictures.
Below is a clip of the first 39 days. What do you see?