You can live a life that is blessed. It begins with mindfulness. Mindfulness is a method of bringing your complete attention, moment by moment, into your immediate experience. In a purposeful and non-judgmental way you pause for a few moments throughout your day to pay attention to your thoughts, feelings and sensations in the present moment. Whatever arises is acknowledged and accepted. In this way, you can use mindfulness to regulate your attention, or to orientate your mind towards qualities of your choice, that may be useful in your present experience, such as curiosity, openness or acceptance. An invisible act of power is to master mindfulness, and then another is to master the art of blessing yourself, because when you do, the benefits overflow to others.
Firstly, you need to get into the habit of being mindful. Secondly, you have to become an expert at it. Thirdly, when you feel that mindfulness has become second nature to you, then you are ready to move on to living a blessed life.
A blessing starts with you but goes beyond you. A blessing is a combination of kind thoughts and warm and loving feelings towards yourself and others. It takes 4 simple steps to make a blessing.
- Bring your attention to your mind. From your mind’s eye, send kind thoughts to yourself. Fill yourself with kind thoughts.
- Bring your attention to your heart. Send loving warmth from your heart to yourself. Fill yourself with loving warmth.
- Visualise your thoughts and feelings blending and flowing together, filling your entire body with the blessing.
- Let the sensations radiate out of your body. Let the blessing emanate beyond you, touching everyone who comes into contact with you.
Mindfulness is the foundation for a blessed life. You don’t have to wait or hope for a blessing to come to you. You can do it yourself. Send yourself a blessing at the end of every mindful moment that you pause to make during your day. A blessed life is possible. It won’t cost you any money to get it, or to maintain it. When you bless you, the blessing flows to others too.
Ref: Scott R. Bishop, Mark Lau, Shauna Shapiro, Linda Carlson, Nicole D. Anderson, James Carmody, Zindel V. Segal, Susan Abbey, Michael Speca, Drew Velting & Gerald Devins (2004). “Mindfulness: A proposed operational definition”. Clinical Psychology: Science & Practice 11 (3): 230–241. doi:10.1093/clipsy.bph077. ISSN 0969-5893.