Even seemingly mundane moments in our day offer us wonderful opportunities to practice mindfulness.
Akin to a mirror, mindfulness allows us to observe what a moment is showing us and to welcome whatever feelings and thoughts may arise.
Mindfulness lets us slow down and pay attention in a gentle way while returning to our breath.
Fun fact: During the 1980s, David had trained at the prestigious Vidal Sassoon Academy in London. As a hairstylist, David faced a mirror every day with his clients, but he noticed that when clients sat facing toward the mirror, they often said disparaging things about themselves. Self-compassion and love, David poignantly observed, seemed difficult to hold for so many of us.
For today’s practice, let us carry over this idea of intention and consider how slowing down helps us have a simpler and less stressful day.
For 2-3 breaths, try slowing down by feeling the sensation of breathing in your body. Let go of your expectations for the day. If you can, try this a few times today.
The mirror practice may seem simple, but we consider it pretty advanced and one you may find surprisingly challenging. Be gentle with yourself, slow down, and give yourself this moment of self-acceptance and love.
Think back to the last 24 hours. How mindfully did you navigate them?
In what ways are you adding unnecessary complexity in your life?
How could you add more delight and simplicity to it?
“It hurts to argue with the mirror.”
David said: “We’re not practicing mindfulness to be more spiritual; we’re practicing because it hurts. It hurts to argue with the mirror.” What comes up for you when you read that?
Come practice with us
Monthly mindfulness workshops
Every month, David hosts a mindfulness meditation workshop on Nectara. Join the next one and come deepen your mindfulness practice.
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For a deeper dive
If you’re wanting to take a deeper dive with David about mindfulness, check out these curated resources he’s created or selected for you:
Some additional, fun ways to slow down your day:
The Slowdown podcast, episode 13: “What the Memories Said”
Akin to mindfulness, poetry offers us a way to slow things down and pay attention to each moment as they come.
See David traveling around and offering people free haircuts.
We’ll see you tomorrow as we learn how to show up for ourselves and others through mindful listening!
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We are making this resource accessible to more folks with a pay what you can model. Did you find this part of the journey useful to you? Consider donating to David and Nectara for our time and energy so that we can create more resources for the psychedelic community.
Part of the proceeds will go to a lineage and organization David has learned and practiced meditation with for 20 years:
Paramahansa Yogananda's Self-Realization Fellowship