Artful Meditations

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Welcome to Artful Meditations

The present moment contains infinite time and infinite space

This web site provides information to help you to bring Mindfulness into your life through classes, workshops and information (see Schedule), content, stories, articles, book recommendations and links to related web sites. I hope you find something useful here to assist you on your way to awareness. Whether it is with me or someone else or on your own, it doesn't matter. What matters is that you find the best way to become present and find out who you are. When you find yourself, you will be home.

I wish you much happiness on your journey home.

Lisa

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness means paying attention to what is happening in the present moment. Sounds simple, right? It is. But, for most of us, it is not easy. Why? Because even though we think we are engaged in what is going on in our life, we are very often somewhere else. Usually, we are caught up in thoughts about the past or future or creating a story about what is happening, instead of being with what is happening. For example, how often are you aware of your body?

Being in the present is the difference between experiencing the moment as it is and listening to a story in our minds about what is happening in the moment, which includes all of our judgments and biases. When we're caught up in thoughts, we are creating and listening to a constant narrative about what is happening – which distorts what is really happening. To practice being mindful, whenever you notice that your attention is not on your breath, notice where your attention is (for example, on a thought), notice the thought and come back to your breath. Mindfulness is not about removing all thoughts. The mind’s job is to think and that’s okay. Thoughts, in general, are not a problem. It's when we attach to the thoughts and let them control us that problems arise. When we’re not aware of what we are thinking, our thoughts can run our lives and make it seem as if there is no separation between who we are, what we do and our thoughts. Mindfulness allows space around thoughts so we can let go of identification with them. Then we can be who we really are, not who we think we are, and experience what is really happening in every moment.