The Mindfulness Journey day 4:
David Richo
Posted on 24 September, 2014 in his blog, Acceptance, Compassion/Kindness/Love, The Present Moment
“In a true you-and-I relationship, we are present mindfully, nonintrusively, the way we are present with things in nature. We do not tell a birch tree it should be more like an elm. We face it with no agenda, only an appreciation that becomes participation: ‘I love looking at this birch’ becomes ‘I am this birch’ and then ‘I and this birch are opening to a mystery that transcends and holds us both. “

As usual when a quote is posted, set your timer for five minutes and think about this quote and what meaning it has for you….



The Mindfulness Journey Day 3:
Quote to think about:

“When we start to meditate or to work with any kind of spiritual discipline,we often think that somehow we’re going to improve, which is a subtle aggression against who we really are. It’s a bit like saying, “If I jog I’ll be a much better person.” “If I had a nicer house I’d be a better person.” “If I could meditate and calm down I’d be a better person.” Or the scenario may be that we find fault with others. We might say, “If it weren’t for my husband I’d have a perfect marriage.” “If it weren’t for the fact that my boss and I can’t get on, my job would be just great.” And, “If it weren’t for my mind, my meditation would be just excellent.”
But loving-kindness ~maitri~ towards ourselves doesn’t mean getting rid of anything. Maitri means that we can still be crazy, we can still be angry. We can still be timid or jealous or full of feelings of unworthiness. Meditation practice isn’t about trying to throw ourselves away and become something better. It’s about befriending who we are already.”

from Comfortable With Uncertainty by Pema Chondron

Think about this for five minutes.

When the time is up, write your thoughts in your journal.

Doesn’t matter what the thoughts are, keep track of them and you will see where your journey takes you….



The Mindfulness Journey: Day 2
Today, pick an activity. Like cleaning your teeth. Or making a cup of tea. or just drinking your cup of tea. Something that takes five minutes. And pay attention to it. Just think about it, feel it and experience it while you are doing it.
What does it taste like? smell like? feel like? look like? sound like?
One minute for each sense — the time will fly.
That’s it — that’s your mindfulness for today
and here’s today’s quote/thought:
“Paying attention is just another skill: the more we practice, the better we get”


The Mindfulness Journey day 1:
When you are on a journey, it is certainly helpful to know where you’re going — but remember: the only thing that is ultimately real about your journey is the step that you are taking at this moment. That’s all there ever is.

Welcome to this year’s mindfulness journey: 365 days, 365 steps
Let’s take them together


What is the Mindfulness Project?

The Mindfulness Project:
Want to make 2015 the year you become more mindful?
Heard about mindfulness and wonder if it’s for you?
Tried mindfulness but not been able to keep it up?
The Mindfulness Project is an approach I have put together based on my personal and professional experience.
All you have to do is read the Mindfulness Project posts on the Effective Horsemanship fb page as they are posted  ( , or you can catch up right here on this blog when this page is updated — and think about them.
Every day.
That’s all
The posts will offer thoughts, insights, some things to try.
You decide what you do and when you do it.
At the end of the year, I guarantee you will have made progress in your mindfulness
It may not be the progress you planned, but it will be progress nevertheless
Confucius said “the longest journey begins with a single
Take your first step on your mindfulness journey and read the first post today
And think about it – for five minutes.
Set a timer and think about it for five minutes.
Doesn’t matter what or how you think about it….no right or wrong. Just think about it for five minutes

Time to get mindful


Someone asked me — what if I am late starting The Mindfulness Project? What if I miss a day?
So what? start when you can — and do the days when you can. My day 2 doesn’t have to be the same as your day 2 — some weeks you may manage 7 days that week — other times you may only manage one or two — just go through the days in sequence, however you can — and you will make progress.
Obviously if you can do something every day, progress may be faster — but progress once or twice a week is still more than if you do nothing at all…


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