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Mindfulness And Finding Flaws

In the practice of mindfulness, there are moments where your mind grabs on to something and won't let go.  Sometimes it's an emotion, a song, even a moment in time that needs resolution.

Part of mindfulness is addressing the self with humility and addressing that there are things that you are not good at, you will make mistakes, and you will fail and that will cause a reaction for others.  But mindfulness teaches us that we can be aware of those times without having to hold on to them forever.

Sometimes I'm no good

at writing poems.

I tend to lie

about what seems to rhyme.

Sometimes I am just terrible

   and can't find the words

I have a mean temper

   when writing poetry.

What does that say about me?

   that poems seem so hard?

Sometimes I'm no good

   at being a Poet.

I wrote this poem back in 2014 as part of a creative writing experiment. I remember being frustrated about spending time on poems when I didn't enjoy them. As a result, I struggled with this portion of the creative writing group I was in. I procrastinated, and I was annoyed at having to do the poem.

I can see the frustration in the poem. But more profound, it wasn't really about writing the poem, but something different. Do you see?

Do you write poetry? I have a few that I like. But to be honest, I am not a huge poetry fan. I like to get to the point as I get older. I think I enjoyed it more when I was younger and found being vague exotic, and creative.

Today, I want you to think about how you express yourself. When you are talking with someone, take a moment to consider what you are going to say before you say it. Listen with mindfulness intent on hearing everything, including the sound, the inflection, and the ideas expressed.

The deeper we move into mindfulness, the more we look at the little things. What brings us joy and what actually annoys us just a little is brought to the surface. Not placing judgment on it but putting value to the thought.

In your meditation, do you have a mantra? Some people have poems they recite in their minds. Maybe a power statement. This is an expression of self.

Let's talk. Do you enjoy poetry? What's your favorite? What's your meditation mantra?

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