by Jennifer Howd

Compassion.

“Compassion isn’t some kind of self-improvement project or ideal that we’re trying to live up to. Having compassion starts and ends with having compassion for all those unwanted parts of ourselves, all those imperfections that we don’t even want to look at.”

– Pema Chodron

What is Mindfulness?….

Wake Up

Mindfulness isn’t….eating an entire pizza and a pint of Ben & Jerry’s because you’re feeling bad about yourself.

Mindfulness isn’t….drinking a glass or two of wine and smoking a few hits of weed just to help you “take the edge off.” Every. Day.

Mindfulness isn’t….verbally beating yourself up for everything you do “wrong.”

Mindfulness isn’t….passive-aggressively beating everyone else up for what they do “wrong.”

Mindfulness isn’t….staying in a toxic relationship because you’re too afraid to be alone.

Mindfulness isn’t….stuffing your feelings while your mother’s dying of cancer—and then continuing to numb and ignore them for the next ten years because you have no idea how to let yourself feel.

What is mindfulness?…

MINDFULNESS IS WHEN YOU WAKE UP ONE DAY AND REALIZE, IF YOU DON’T START PAYING MORE ATTENTION TO YOUR LIFE—REALLY START BEING MORE PRESENT FOR IT….THEN YOU’RE PROBABLY NOT GOING TO HAVE IT FOR MUCH LONGER.