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Noteworthy Journey: Task 7
Mindfulness: Be Present

“To me, mindfulness means I am where I am. My mind is not wishing I was somewhere else. Mindfulness means accepting what is, and letting go of what isn’t.”

— Catherine Beard

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84 Comments

Penny N

August 18, 2017 - 8:15am

This is really difficult for me today.  Yesterday I lost a cousin to a long battle with ALS. We lost one of her sisters last Feb to multiple myeloma.  This is on my Mom’s side of the family where I only have two cousins left now.  The 24 cousins on Dad’s side are no comparison to the type of relationship we have had over the years.  RIP Tina now that your long suffering has ended.

Mary Jane B

August 17, 2017 - 3:30pm

I am learning to be aware of my surroundings physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. To take the time to be really mindful of moments throughout the day. And to do that I will just remind myself..I am where I am -and be Thankful.

Carol M 23624450

August 17, 2017 - 2:38pm

Accepting what is!!

Heather P 363232057

August 15, 2017 - 9:50am

The string is a useful reminder, even after years of yoga and meditation practice.  As I move forward from divorce and find ways to get out of poverty, I find it reassuring to remind myself that this is a temporary state, that money is energy and how can I attract it more often.

Inga O

August 12, 2017 - 12:34pm

Inspired!

Mandy G

August 7, 2017 - 1:31pm

I’ve tried to be more mindful and present with eating especially. Instead of mindlessly eating while watching tv or looking at my phone, I make sure that mealtime is it’s own thing and that I pay attention to the nourishing food I eat.

Manya J

August 4, 2017 - 11:16am

Inspired and relaxed
Love the arometherapy and the tasks

Brenda P

August 3, 2017 - 10:46pm

I loved this task! I used a bracelet a friend gave me that has special beads for drops of essential oil!  I had to do quite a few mundane tasks today and instead of doing them on autopilot, I actually paid attention to what I was doing. Repeating the mantra made me aware that no matter what I’m doing, this is my life, right here, right now, this very second.

Ginger L

August 3, 2017 - 3:21pm

The “I am where I am” mantra is a great reminder to live in the present and check-in with myself to make sure I am being the person that I want to be. This task helps me to focus and be more kind a patient with myself and also to take on positive mindsets to my life.

Nancy B

August 2, 2017 - 6:27pm

I am where I am <3

Heidi C

August 2, 2017 - 9:21am

Yoga definitely helps me to be more mindful. I’m still learning about essential oils, so I’m excited to find out more about which ones help.

Kathy D 1439697152

August 1, 2017 - 9:56am

I am loving this journey.  I have never used and do not know much about essential oils.  I see them referenced here a lot. I think I need to check them out.

N. Masani L

July 31, 2017 - 10:57pm

Today was full of mindfulness as I had to consider others and the pressure they where under as my needs (that where organized and scheduled) where not meet. I carry my Grapefruit oil with me today and took some deep inhales as the day went on. In closing out the day, I was thankful that I could put aside my stress and understand where others were coming from.

Charlotte F

July 31, 2017 - 5:09pm

Sandalwood I actually diffuse every morning! Funny that this mentioned it! I also use it in a diffuser bracelet. The mantra above is beautiful and have written it down in my meditation journal.

Linda H 594503634

July 31, 2017 - 3:44pm

I will try this every day.

Mandy C 569440641

July 31, 2017 - 3:43pm

Amazing we all need to take time and slow down and be more mindful I live this! Tying a string on my wrist now!

Jennifer B 876608452

July 31, 2017 - 2:41pm

This is so hard sometimes but I will try every day

Sharon S 62427155

July 31, 2017 - 10:32am

I sometimes have to remind myself to breathe, that always brings me back to the present moment.

Donna R 523010227

July 31, 2017 - 9:43am

This one took a little more work for me.  Using the string was helpful.

maryann t 1249378127

July 31, 2017 - 9:09am

I love that manta- what a great and easy reminder to be present in every moment!  Thank you!

Patty E

July 31, 2017 - 7:28am

Yes, this is new to me other than in yoga class.  Will try it!

Linda C 1383584232

July 30, 2017 - 6:12pm

I get busy multitasking and then I wonder where the time went. I need to take the time to be fully in a task and finished with it before I move on to the next.

Lori A 2011369739

July 29, 2017 - 1:35pm

Thx for reminding me to be present in the moment- I will continue to focus and practice!

Kimberly H 1896111154

July 29, 2017 - 10:28am

Yes the task was helpful.  Great ideas to pass along to me yoga students

Kimberly H 1896111154

July 29, 2017 - 10:27am

slow down and be aware

Kimberly H 1896111154

July 29, 2017 - 10:27am

yes.  great idea!

Kimberly H 1896111154

July 29, 2017 - 10:21am

I am excited to try this with my yoga students

Jennifer F 1789836209

July 27, 2017 - 10:07am

I like the mantra, “I am where I am”.  Will meditate on that ...

Terry M 1015041247

July 27, 2017 - 6:44am

Taking the time in the morning to slow life’s busy day really helps and I feel the mantra is one that helps remind me to not constantly worry about everything that I can’t control.

Stacey

July 26, 2017 - 8:03pm

Today, I really tried to be mindfulness - in the moment…this is a challenge for me because I’m always thinking ahead or in a hurry…slowing down and enjoying that very moment made me smile….hugging my daughter (she’s 12), talking with my other daughter, talking for over 2 hours with an old friend, and just focusing on the day….I NEED TO SLOW DOWN and do this more….will definitely be one of my goals…..I AM WHERE I AM!!!!

Cathy cs

July 26, 2017 - 8:33am

Meditation, and a mantra to use through the day.  I gave it a try with Catherine’s suggested mantra.  Thank you.

Cathy cs

July 26, 2017 - 8:53am

It was helpful, it was different using her suggested.  It felt ok.

Wendie H

July 25, 2017 - 10:10pm

When I’m not at work, I wear my sandalwood mala on my wrist, I also have one I can wear to work made out of mountain laure;. they both smell wonderful and remind me come back to the present when I drift off towards the past or future. I try to remember what the Dalai Lama said “there are only 2 days of the year you can’t do anything: yesterday, and tomorrow”

Adriana A

July 25, 2017 - 8:20pm

Now is all there is, yet so easily forgotten.

Valerie J

July 25, 2017 - 8:01pm

I think being grateful for where I am and what I have is the hardest. My mind always goes toward what I want for the future and where I would like to be. But I’m not there, I’m here…today

July 25, 2017 - 6:53pm

I am where I am, and most importantly where I want to be. A gift, certainly.

shannon o

July 25, 2017 - 6:30pm

so hard - easy to slip into mindless routine

Janet J

July 25, 2017 - 6:26pm

This is very powerful. The sentence about not being guaranteed anything except for this moment really hit me hard. I’ve lost several family members since May and it’s so true that when we least expect it, it’s too late to go back and say those things or do those things we need to do. If we don’t do them now, we may never get that chance. I am trying much harder to stay present where I am. Thank you for this reminder.

Valerie J

July 25, 2017 - 8:03pm

Beautifully put Janet, loss is painfully difficult but if looked at from an encouraging perspective it can bring some meaningfulness to the rest of our lives if we let it.

Jean U

July 25, 2017 - 4:44pm

Great task. Reminder to just accept and surrender to the moment. I enjoy the essential oils.

Lori M

July 25, 2017 - 1:52pm

“I am where I am.”  What a powerful reminder.  I wrote this on a sticky note and stuck it by my computer for the day!

Elicia S

July 25, 2017 - 11:28am

Interesting

Caroline M

July 24, 2017 - 10:25pm

I use my Ess. Oils everyday and work on deep breathing to ground myself on the present moment.

Eve J

July 22, 2017 - 4:32pm

I wear one white and one black pearl bracelet with one gold bracelet with “&” symbol as a reminder to be balanced.

iris n

July 21, 2017 - 1:19am

Enjoyed the essential oils along with meditation.

Flissa M

July 19, 2017 - 12:03pm

Nice idea about the string!  I’m wearing a Peace bracelet to remind me and the mantra is soothing!
  I also use ” I am who I am”
Thank you for this new idea!  I do use oils and meditate but mantra reminder is something new!!!

Stephanie W

July 19, 2017 - 8:17am

This one has taken me a couple of days because I wanted to go out and buy some oils and actually focus on it.  I learned Herbert Benson’s Relaxation Response in school which I have loved and has helped me overcome what use to be crippling anxiety.  So I bought the oils and have been doing the relaxation response.  Also just generally trying to shut screens off and be focused on one thing ata time instead of multitasking… turning everything off/putting everything away before sitting down for a meal.  It’s nice that I can gain so much rest during my day without having to choose bits of my schedule to sacrifice for it. I feel both more relaxed and more productive.  Good stuff Aura Cacia… thanks.

Melissa K

July 18, 2017 - 9:15am

Looking forward to doing this today! I’m a stay-at-home-mom and often let my mind run crazy thinking about future events/past events/ wasting time on social media/and a million other things! Today, I’m putting my phone down, putting a bright pink string on my wrist and staying in the now! Another great task!

Carla H

July 17, 2017 - 9:58pm

I am sitting here at five minutes to 10 wishing I had read this first thing this morning. I struggled with some issues that this task may have prevented or eased my mind if I hadn’t waited.

Amber N

July 17, 2017 - 11:15am

This is most definitely something I need to practice daily.. so bringing awareness in this way will be amazing!

Rachael C

July 16, 2017 - 8:31am

Usually my brain is working in the background on all the things that need to be done tomorrow, the next day, next week, next month…. today I am stopping all those thoughts and focusing on what’s in front of me right now. Taking time to savor and enjoy all the things that I’m usually not paying attention to because my mind is busy elsewhere. The taste of my hazelnut coffee, the way the dew glistens in the grass, the feel of the cat on my lap. This is a good practice in focus!

KarenB

July 10, 2017 - 11:37am

This task was very helpful! I actually bought some Cedarwood essential oil last week so I had it on hand already. I usually start my day with 10 min of meditation, and today it was great to have a reminder throughout the day to re-focus.

Aimee P

July 10, 2017 - 7:41am

As I’m ending my vacation, I can feel my “back to work” mindset kicking in.  I vow today to remain present, enjoying my last day to rest and reflect.  I will be fully aware of my husband and son and our great God who leads us through these moments.

Megan C

July 8, 2017 - 10:37am

The note from Catherine hit the nail on the head for me. I would like to try and change my way of thinking but I always revert back to wishing things were different and not doing anything to change them. I really hope this process can help me.

Takara B

July 6, 2017 - 12:51pm

this is kinda helpful cause it takes away the anxiety of not being exactly in the living conditions i would love to be in but I am happy where I am although I am also working on manifesting where I would love, I use this mantra to manifest easily cause it keeps me in the comfortable vibration.

knitterofhats

July 5, 2017 - 11:55am

Yes, I am where I am. So important to remember. Being mindful is calming and reminds me to also be grateful in the moment.

Deborah

July 5, 2017 - 10:55am

I enjoyed a day celebrating the 4th of July with family at my parents place and was present in the moment enjoying the people I was with-with love and gratitude

Bernie R

July 3, 2017 - 10:19am

In my family, we say “it is what it is”.  Living in the present is sometimes difficult.

Pat B

July 2, 2017 - 6:22pm

I already do a Reiki meditation every morning upon awakening - I do have some Aura Cacia Meditation EO on hand - I will try diffusing that in the am along with my meditation…i don’ t think I Am Where I Am is a problem for me I have pretty much let go of the past and I don’t worry too much about the future….what will be, will be…

Amanda A 148531489

July 2, 2017 - 9:53am

I already have a meditation practice and I use a blend for peace and harmony that I really love, but I used the mantra throughout my day on a busy day at work and it helped me stay focused on small things ... having a job that helps me take care of my daughter, enjoying laughter with my co-workers, sunshine through the windows on a beautiful day ... instead of worrying about all I had to do at work and at home.

Tammey D

July 2, 2017 - 7:53am

This task will be a challenge ..but a good one to help live life ... with less stress about things in the past and worry about things in the future

katheryn m

July 1, 2017 - 12:12pm

“I am where I am.”  I took a class on Restoring Balance which helped me a lot to learn mindfulness.  Life happens and I moved away from mindfulness for awhile, but am back at it now.  Mindfulness is especially important to me where food and nutrition are concerned.  Thankfully, my community has several stores/markets that offer organic foods and products for personal care, as well. Using essential oils help to keep me on track, also - especially Sandalwood in the day and Lavender at night.

Deb G

June 29, 2017 - 1:12pm

I’ve used vetiver in place of meds for ADD. Has anyone else used oils for ADD or ADHD? I would like to try the blue cypress too. Seems oils for mindfulness would be good for ADD

irisj225

June 28, 2017 - 6:08pm

i really need to work on this one. . .i will come back to it to learn to be present

Holly W

June 28, 2017 - 8:20am

Drinking my tea and making a plan~helps me not to roominate

lovemybunchofcrazies

June 28, 2017 - 7:45am

I have a wrist mala made locally that serves as my reminder to “live in the now” rather than worry about the past or future. It has been an absolute challenge to do so but little by little it is getting easier!

Linda By

June 29, 2017 - 11:12am

I like this idea. I should try it.

Debbie B

June 27, 2017 - 1:46pm

I am trying to “live in the moment” and not stress about tomorrow or be depress about yesterday.  It is a challenge, and with small steps like the one in this task is helpful!

Cindy Y

June 27, 2017 - 7:13am

I love that mantra and will be adding it to my meditation practice!

Kelly L

June 26, 2017 - 9:04pm

The times that I were truly present in a day I found are where the most good was attracted to me. Sometimes it’s hard to stay present all of the time when there is something to do or stress about but I try to pay attention to one thing at a time. I find doing that helps me get things done more efficiently and at ease.

April D

June 26, 2017 - 8:39pm

Love this! I am where I am!

Jennifer S

June 22, 2017 - 7:54am

Love this task!  Thanks to Catherine for sharing her I am where I am mantra!!  I will return to this page often.  Now going to check out theblissfulmind.com

Janelle W

June 21, 2017 - 1:33pm

I am where I am

Charlynn Avery

June 21, 2017 - 10:26am

On a high anxiety morning, I decided to sit with my all time favorite essential oil - neroli.  I began my five minutes with the aroma and ended it with the aroma.  All it took was five minutes to pull me out of that state and into a place of calm and peace.  Five. Minutes.  Wonderful!

CarolLee 365610371

June 18, 2017 - 8:15am

Intentionally practicing mindfulness makes everything flow more smoothly, be more authentic and less chaotic.

Sandra K

June 16, 2017 - 12:59pm

it’s easier with orange essential oil in the diffusor on my desk :-)

Kt

June 13, 2017 - 2:55pm

Breathe! You can get through it.

Elaine C

June 13, 2017 - 6:12am

I downloaded the App 10% Happier and have been doing guided meditations with Joseph Goldstein.  I am under a lot of stress in my life right now, and I feel I need all the help I can get!

Kt

June 12, 2017 - 2:01pm

I am where i am!

Rebecca S

June 8, 2017 - 1:46pm

Being present is one of the most difficult tasks for me.  Not so much letting go of the past, but, worry about a future that I know have absolutely no control over is difficult.

Charlynn Avery

June 21, 2017 - 10:12am

I hear that, Rebecca!  It takes sincere effort to stay in the now when we have the tugs of the past and the future.  But what we can control is in the moment right now.  I remind myself of this daily, so I am right there with you :-)

Vanessa T

June 8, 2017 - 6:58am

Practising the truth for one’s well-being is so important. I am taking Tai Chi and a very element is to mindful it has helped me reduced stress and anxiety for me. Along with essential oils to absorb. as I inhale

RACHEL T

June 8, 2017 - 3:23am

I’ve been doing this a little bit each day while changes go on within and around me. It helps to stay grounded and focused.

Lulu U

June 2, 2017 - 6:14pm

Just had this discussion with my shrink, encouraging me to be present, and in the moment, when I go out of town next week. I am having a rough time lately and I hope this will help me focus on what’s going right, on moments to remember right in front of me.

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