This celestial event gave millions of people an opportunity to have a mindful experience.
Mindfulness is adding a pause in the moment to be present. It means intentionally taking oneself off autopilot to pay close attention with sight, sound, smell, touch, or taste.
If you watched the cast of the shadows change perception or direction, noticed the light diminish around you, used your skin to note the temperature drop, observed the sun and moon through special dark glasses, listened carefully for birds and crickets tuning into their goodnight songs, extended your lunch longer to enjoy your food for the occasion, or felt something inside you hush in appreciation or awe, then the unique natural eclipse phenomenon was met with mindfulness.
You were present.
Like Jon Kabat-Zinn defines mindfulness, you were “Paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.”
Intentionally beginning a daily mindfulness practice significantly increases our capacity to experience it more fully, increasing attention, time, focus and peace.
“Most of our mental suffering arises when our minds jump around from one subject to another, which is exhausting, or when we’re preoccupied with unhappy thoughts and feelings. When we notice the mind is behaving this way, we need to give it an anchor – a place to go that’s neutral an unwavering,” Dr. Germer, author of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion, explains.
Experiencing an eclipse was an anchor for many – a neutral, unwavering place.
Experiencing day-to-day events, like an eclipse, can be an anchor as well.
Driving, showering, eating, working, and exercising, for example, times when you go through the motions, are perfect places to toss in an eclipse – a moment of awe, heightened awareness, taking in the moment rather than absent-mindedly going through it.
With a mindful practice in place, when someone asks you where you were at any point of the day, just like when asked where you were during the 2017 solar eclipse, you would be able to say one thing: “Here. I was here – fully present…”
“…experiencing life instead of watching it pass by.”
- What naturally makes you pause in a mindful way, engrossed by your senses?
- Where in your day can you intentionally slow down to experience more fully?
- So where were you during the eclipse? Comment and let us know!
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