It's a discipline I've started with myself. I've started
being mindful of it.
There are things in my life about which I'm already mindful, things
about which I'm clear it's prudent to be mindful of. If I'm not mindful
of them, my life doesn't
as well as it's possible for it to
I'm mindful of the dates my bills are due. I'm mindful of when
provisions need to be replenished in my refrigerator. I'm mindful of
when I need a haircut. I'm mindful of when I better stop and buy gas.
I'm mindful of the speed limit. I'm mindful of how long I've been
parked when I've parked in a thirty minute parking space. I'm mindful
of the weather when I leave home in the morning, and whether (pun
unintended) I'm dressed appropriately for it.
This is all pretty basic stuff, yes? Pretty simple actually.
simple actually. In fact it's profound in its
simplicity. This is what it takes to have Life
It's usually being mindful of the simple stuff which has Life
... and it's all simple stuff (you've heard
that before, yes?).
Even if I wasn't mindful of any of the above, Life would continue on
continuing on as it always does, as it always has. I'm not required to
be mindful of anything for Life to continue on continuing
on. Life doesn't need me to be mindful. However, when I
am mindful, my
in Life, my interacting with Life, my
Yet although being mindful of all of the above (and more) is what it
takes to have my life
doing so isn't necessarily associated with a shift in the
quality of my life as I experience it. It
for me to be mindful of paying my bills on time. But paying my bills on
time doesn't in and of itself shift the quality of my
for me to be mindful of replenishing the provisions in my refrigerator
when they're low. But replenishing the provisions in the refridgerator
when they're low doesn't in and of itself shift the
quality of my life. It
for me to be mindful of staying within the speed limit. But staying
within the speed limit doesn't in and of itself shift the
quality of my life.
It's being mindful of
which shifts the quality of my life.
Say whut? You have to read that last sentence carefully.
When I say "It's being mindful of
which shifts the quality of my life", I'm not saying
"not being mindful of anything shifts the
quality of my life" - watch out for the triple negation in
The discipline I've started with myself is being mindful of
Not "no thing". Not "not some-thing". Just
And if it weren't for another
in which it's used which is likely to distract from the terseness of
what I'm saying, I'd call it sweetnothing.
Yet that's what it really is, isn't it? Sweet
Yes there are simple things I'm constantly mindful of which, when I
attend to them, have my life
That's one distinction. But it's a shift in the quality of
my life (another distinction entirely) which comes when I'm mindful of