Boggles - Mindfulness Videos Articles and Tips February 22 2018 No. 547

You Won't If You Don't

Funny how people can be disappointed at the outcome when they haven't paid attention to the input... yes inputs and outcomes go hand in hard - you get out what you put in. Worth exploring this in your own life, eh?

 

Mindfulness Tip

Throw yourself headlong into today... regardless of whether you think you've a "good day" ahead or a stinker of a day, regardless of whether you think you like or dislike what you've got to do today.

Deliberately pick out a couple of tasks - could be meetings, chores, admin, playing with the kids - to which you will give your complete and undivided attention.

The more you throw yourself into the here and now, the more you'll end up being in the here and now!

Reflections on Mindfulness

In today's video we talk specifically about getting out of meditation what you put into it... but this "what you put in you get out" idea applies to absolutely everything in life. If you want to achieve something, you've gotta do what you've gotta do - and the more wholeheartedly you do it, the more engrossed in it you become, the more you'll get in return - it's not a nice idea, it's science!

The problem is, we're particularly bad at wholeheartedly throwing ourselves into anything - and that's not me being negative, it's also science!! At the risk of repeating myself (I've been banging on about this for years!) we're "wired" to not focus - it's an evolutionary thing. Not only are we wired to not focus, we're wired to be unable to direct our focus even should we decide. This puts us at a serious disadvantage when it comes to putting in to get out... if we can't put in properly how can we expect to get out.

The accountant in me puts it a different way - it's all abour ROI... return on investment. If we're not capable of investing ourselves in our goals, objectives or even our lives, we're not going to get much of a return.

In the end, it all boils down to being able to deliberately engross yourself in what you're doing (assuming that you've chosen to do the right thing in the first place, which is a whole other debate... or issue, actually). Being engrossed is one of the key indicators of Flow. On the odd occasion, we become engrossed - but wouldn't be nice to decide to engross ourselves rather than waiting on the off-chance that it might happen?

Normal Crazy People - Mindlessness in Action

If you look back over them, you'll discover that there are plenty of so-called Normal Crazy People stories that could really only happen in France - but surely this is not one of them...

Short of a few bits and pieces after the weekend, we took ourselves to our local Carrefour (by far the biggest supermarket in our area - or, indeed, in many parts of France), which was, itself, short of more than a few bits and pieces.... who ever heard of a French supermarket that had run out of wine?

Yes, where rows of wine are normally fully stacked, there were four forlorn bottles. It's the school holidays you see - the precise dates of which are legislated for years in advance. And, yet, it had obviously come as a surprise to Carrefour because, by Wednesday, there was no wine on the shelves at all!

   

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