Mindful Quality of Life

The Special Ingredient in the Soup of a Well-Lived Life

“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts: therefore, guard accordingly, and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature.”

-Marcus Aurelius

Simple as that, yet these words hold profound depth grounded firmly in reality. This is the magical key that all successful & happy individuals know through and through. If you think quality thoughts, they spill out into the Universe and manifest themselves to better your way of life making each day more amazing than the last.

This way of thought, this simple way of life is the special ingredient in the soup of a well-lived life. Just like soup, a full and well-lived life is not to be rushed but is to be treasured & nurtured. It is to be consistently paid attention to, and mindfully stirred and simmered with great care.

Truly, this is the best recipe for life. Rushing leads to inconsistency & haste makes for sour rewards. Patience & vigilance are the directions to the sweetened future only compassionate care may cultivate. Slow & steady is the cure for a life that is lived in today’s hustle & bustle, always on-the-go reality.

It is in our ability to “stop & smell the proverbial roses” that the beauty of each moment comes to us. By practicing mindfulness, and learning to slow down & decompress ourselves from time to time. The art of being still in a world that wants us to keep going, going, and going is essential to survival in the modern day rat race.

But, in today’s society how do we slow ourselves down and learn to just be still? How can we unplug and unwind ourselves from our surroundings that seem increasingly more demanding and high-paced and stressful? Mindfulness seems like a magical cure-all tonic sold by some seedy snake oil medicine salesman. However, just try it.

Within mere mindful minutes, you will notice you are more relaxed, can breathe easier, can see clearer, feel more fully all of the wonderful things life has for us. Yet, we have to be able to slow down our minds, still our muscles, and focus internally at the all-knowing, never-ending connection to the unlimited loving energy that the universe provides for us.

There are a plethora of ways to practice in mindful meditation, and with only a few moments of google search can we find more than we could possibly practice. However, I’ve picked my favorite for you to get started with.

Walking meditation is by far my favorite of meditation of all. It doesn’t matter if you’re in the heart of the city in mid-winter or a country meadow in springtime, walking meditations are a great way to exercise both your body, mind, and spirit. To successfully meditate while walking, simply start walking. You do not need a destination, in fact, it would be best to have no destination in mind.

The less you can plan, label, and force- the better and easier it will be to let go and be mindful. As you walk, try not to fixate on any particular thing, just sink into your breathing and be mindful of your steps. As you walk, perhaps imagine those who’ve stepped there before, or try to picture the city street you are strolling down as it once was long before it was paved over and overrun by concrete.

As you walk, try not to fixate on any particular thing, just sink into your breathing and be mindful of your steps. As you walk, perhaps imagine those who’ve stepped there before, or try to picture the city street you are strolling down as it once was long before it was paved over and overrun by concrete.

If you wish for other methods of meditation, I’ve already written an in-depth article on Mindful Meditation here on The Daily Kickstand. Check it out and try out the different types of meditation’s to find what works best for you. There are literally a dozen or more ways to cultivate mindfulness in everyday life.

Any one of these methods can bring us back to our inner connection to the Universal Flow of the everlasting energy. The main ingredient is to remain open & receptive to the gifts of abundance that will spring forth once we learn to be still. For how can we receive the gifts we seek if we do not clear out room for our blessed new gifts?

With a bit of practice and consistent mindful focus, then anyone can love a happier, more peaceful, more fulfilling life of bliss. I encourage you to seek out whichever form of meditation works best for you. No two people are the same, so it stands to reason that no two people would find peace and calm the same. Namaste & Bless Up!

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