The key to mindfulness is choice. You can choose anger, acceptance, denial, frustration, love, affection, judgment, humor, empathy, disappointment, kindness, etc.
Becoming aware that you have a choice can be a 2-sided coin:
This is where regular practice comes in.
If choice is ever present, you can't be perfect the first time or even the thousandth time. You're liberated from the belief that you'll get there, because there is now.
The practice of continuously choosing is the process of mindfulness. You always have a choice now, and in the next moment, and the next, and so on.
In fact, it feels almost unfair that we have to choose all the time. So unfair that it's hard to take seriously, and we laugh at the option. And our attitude becomes relaxed and easy, making the attitudes of those around us easy, and the domino effect takes over.
Knowing that we have the choice to define and redefine ourselves moment to moment is awesome to consider. And even if you consider it seriously, you'll simply end up smiling.
A few links that inspired this post:
Seth Godin: Attitude is a skill
Greater Good Podcast: Srikumar Rao on Happiness at Work
"Thou Mayest" passage from from East of Eden, by John Steinbeck
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