What is a mindful walk with God?
There are different definitions of mindfulness specifically one by Kabat-Zinn which defines mindfulness in general as "paying attention, in the present moment, on purpose, non-judgmentally, as if your life depended on it."
Another definition by Jiddu Krishnamurti is "conscious affectionate awareness of the moment."
Whenever I take a walk on an Oregon beach I am looking for my sentience without complaint in my mind-body. I feel the sand in my toes, the breeze in my hair and I simply notice the here and now devoid of any distracting thoughts about the past or future.
"Prayer is the passport to peace" Thomas S. Monson
I know this, when I create sacred space for myself, I have full access to my intuition and instincts.
Slowing my daily pace down, I begin to notice nature's revery as she consistently brings blessings for simply the beholding of joy. A seal was finding joy in its own sphere and influence beyond the rock pictured above. As I gazed at its ability to traverse the waters I enjoyed the setting sun just touching the cliff to the right.
We call this Oregon driftwood.....smile
As I took my walk alone, my son and his friends practiced their own teenage mindfulness as they felt the tide with skim boarding often surfing their way to little thought or care of mid-week school, sports or instrument practice schedules.
Mindful moments for teens begin with feeling the curl in the waves and allowing the entire mind-body to feel a way to act with the ocean. Again, no thoughts on the past or future given to depression or anxiety just the present moment requiring action towards the goal at hand.
Below I found a unique sunset as the summer fires in Southern Oregon relaxed the sun's brilliance through accumulated haze on the horizon. I call the photo below "sun-dial" as the rock formations in the distance reminded me of nature's way of timing.
“Few of us ever live in the present. We are forever anticipating what is to come or remembering what has gone.”
For someone, the above retreat was created mindfully in pursuit of wonder and then left behind for the discovery of other beachcombers.
Notice here in these photos of my son and his good friend that they both have centered their attention or focus into their bodies in the present moment combining the physical senses and spiritual essence of their entire sentient beings. They are celebrating their awareness of emotional flow and nature's rhythm. The business or busyness of the week days have a way of disconnecting their sentience. Finding mindful activity such as skim boarding, hiking beach cliffs or surfing as a type of weekend deep play brings reintegration of self in relieving and grounded focus. The mind-body rejuvenates itself and prepares for the coming week that is often top heavy with social media, intellectualized class performance and/or a demanding rigor devoid of true balance. I find my son has the moxie and insight following deep play weekends to retrench his weekly schedule in favor of integrated balance which often includes his worthy long term and short term goals.
For more wisdom about Emotional Flow and its way to an empathic lifestyle see Karla McLaren's work at The Art of Empathy
Honor the flowing nature of healthy focus. Karla McLaren
Meditation becomes natural for the teenage mind-body as they slow their daily pace in pursuit of self.
As a mom of 3 boys I find it incredibly rejuvenating in my own mindful practice to disengage from the daily schedule of the week, gather my sons and their friends with their wetsuits, boards and wax and proceed to chase good surf along the Southern Oregon coastline. The joy in the journey is checking the daily surf reports, while grabbing local pizza and ice cream as we go !
In the field of mental health counseling, mindful practice is just another form of what we call "grounding" or what many simply know as a quiet prayer in God's light. Mindful activities such as deep breathing, quiet prayer and other meditative postures or actions call to be in the here and now or in the present moment. For me, being in the here and now means I can find full awareness focused in the present moment of God's light and love versus a dissociated or distracted state of being. For me, when I am fully aware, I no longer have the need for avoidance behaviors, addictions, excessive activity of any kind or perfectionist ways. I become fully engaged with the ability to deal with life as it simply " is " as I am grounded once again or connected to my entire sentient being and surroundings.
Come and enjoy a mindful destination and journey for the mind/body/soul on our Southern Oregon beaches. Here's a link for your exploration and planning
Enjoy the Southern Oregon Coast Experience
Enjoy the Southern Oregon Coast Experience
The photo below was taken in my backyard in Southern Oregon. I attached a quote to it that I deeply value. I know when I create a mindful space for quiet prayer and contemplation I can continue to remain sensitive to the Holy Spirit.
Below are a few photos I captured recently of my beautiful mom and handsome dad who recently turned 80 years young. We enjoy taking evening walks together on the beach in Southern Oregon. I enjoy simply walking and talking with them as we take in the beauty around us.