When we practice mindfulness, we are learning to be a hero of consciousness.
—Calm App Reflection
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What come to mind when you think of a hero? For many people, it can involve risking one’s own life to save another. The media loves displaying such acts, and most of us secretly shudder at the thought of actually being in the place of these brave men and women.
What if you could be a hero of consciousness, where the person you were saving was yourself?
How could your own mindfulness practices be a catalyst for bolder and more generous contributions to yourself and others without risking life and limb?
Declare yourself a hero of consciousness. Reading this post and the many other actions you take to better yourself in support of others warrants a big pat on the back and a hearty handshake.
“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.”
—Thornton Wilder, 20th Century American Playwright and Novelist
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In 1989, Phil Collins, the multi-talented musician and singer, released his popular and catchy song “Another Day in Paradise.” If you have 4 or 5 minutes, watch this video.
Unfortunately for me, I’ve been humming this tune and tapping my hand on the steering wheel of my car for all these years, without really listening to the lyrics.
The key phrase of the song is “Oh, think twice – it’s another day for you and me in paradise.”
Perhaps it was my meditation on gratitude this morning that had me think twice and be far more conscious of the abundance of daily treasures I often overlook.
How can you think twice and be far more conscious of your daily treasures, to be more alive and fully appreciative of the paradise around you?