#MindfulMonday | Defining Yourself

#MindfulMonday | Defining Yourself

  

#MindfulMonday | Defining Yourself

  

We create identities, consciously or subconsciously, that are not always a full expression of our potential.

For instance, do you see yourself as smart, and not just in a “book smart” way? Some of us think we’re only really smart if we have some kind of advanced degree in an important field; that it doesn’t really count to be clever or “street smart.”

But smart is as smart does—the official definition of the word includes “savvy” as well as “brainy.”

In that case, you have probably proven yourself to be pretty smart about a lot of things.

In order to see ourselves in a fresh new light, perhaps we need a fresh new definition in order to break out of our old identity.

Pick a new word that perfectly describes you, or pick a new definition for an old word.

Change the word or change the meaning of the word; the intention behind the word is what matters most.

 

from
Head to Heart

copyright 2014 Jenifer Madson

#MindfulMonday | With Love

#MindfulMonday | With Love

 

#MindfulMonday | With Love

 

Share with love in mind.

Be lovingly present to another’s thoughts.

Show love for another’s efforts.

Be fiercely proud—smiling all the while—of the potential in our humanity when we turn to each other with love.

In a word, be lovely.

 

from
Head to Heart

copyright 2014 Jenifer Madson

#MindfulMonday | Releasing Anger

#MindfulMonday | Releasing Anger

  

 #MindfulMonday | Releasing Anger  ​​​​

   

Anger is not who you are; it’s something you call up, an emotion that has enormous power to hook you in, and hold you down.

Unless it is motivating you to find a solution, anger is a debilitating distraction.

If you look at it, at its core anger has no more shape, color, or location than what we imagine it to have.

Do that: sit, call up your anger over some person, place, or thing, and try to actually locate it. Pinpoint exactly where it sits, imagine a size or shape to it, a color or density or weight.

When we look at anger this objectively, we find that it is nothing more than a confused appearance of our mind.

Knowing this, visualize anger dissolving, dissipating, and being replaced with an emotion and intention of far greater value.

from
Head to Heart

copyright 2014 Jenifer Madson

#MindfulMonday | Inviting Wisdon

#MindfulMonday | Inviting Wisdon

  

 #MindfulMonday | Inviting Wisdom  ​​​​

   

Sometimes you wake to a perfect storm of things gone wrong which, taken separately, wouldn’t rattle your cage, but when taken together have the power to cut a destructive path of frustration, anger, and doubt.

Those are the perfect times to invite the peace, courage, and wisdom that come from determining what needs change and what needs acceptance.

Thank goodness for the Serenity Prayer, which provides the perfect template.

Next time you find yourself in a bind, remember that you can change some things, but you need to accept others. It’s up to you have the wisdom to know the difference.​​​​​​​

from
Head to Heart

copyright 2014 Jenifer Madson

#MindfulMonday | In a Word

#MindfulMonday | In a Word

  

 #MindfulMonday | In a Word ​​​​

   

Context is everything.

Take the word “projection.” For many, the word means forecasting a negative future, usually without evidence to support a pessimistic view caused by being caught up in a swirl of fearful what-ifs.

For some, however, projection means an ability to exude great faith followed by action, supported by the confidence that when they step into what feels like a great unknown, they will either possess their answers or know where to find them.

 

Each of us has the power, before we ever get out of bed, to choose which frame of reference will rule the day. 

from
Head to Heart

copyright 2014 Jenifer Madson