Releasing Thoughts With Ease

cloudsinsky-1In our work with the staff at PACT, we provide a Monthly Mindful Moment, featuring an inspiration, a practice and a resource. Today’s post provides an example of what we are sharing this month.

I hope something here resonates with you and leads to a mindful moment that supports you to SHINE more fully today!

INSPIRATION

Peace is this moment without thinking
that it should be some other way,
that you should feel some other thing,
that your life should unfold according to your plans.

Peace is this moment without judgment,
this moment in the heart-space where
everything that is is welcome.

~ Dorothy Hunt

PRACTICE

When you find yourself pushed and pulled by thoughts, or notice that you are disconnected from that place of peace, the metaphor of your mind as the sky and your thoughts as clouds can be helpful.

My mind is a clear blue sky
My mind is a clear blue sky
And the thoughts come
And the thoughts go
My mind is a clear blue sky

These lyrics to the song “My Mind Is A Clear Blue Sky” by Betsy Rose remind us that thoughts simply come and go, and we can mindfully notice them; not running after them, and not getting attached to them. This practice is the source of our inner calm.

How many times have you had a song dancing through your mind, bringing a delightful reminder or inspiration to you? We remember words more easily when they are carried by melodies. To learn the song connected with these lyrics, you can find Betsy’s music here.

RESOURCE

The treasures of Jon Kabat-Zinn’s landmark book on Mindfulness, Full Catastrophe Living, are available as 100 short excerpts in Letting Everything Become Your Teacher: 100 Lessons In Mindfulness. Beautifully printed against backdrops of nature photography, this little book is brimming with inspiration and guidance to honor and embrace the depth and beauty of your self and each moment of life.

To what one breath can do,

Amy Bloom Connolly

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