CSJ, Former Art Teacher
Adelaide is a Sister of St. Joseph and has an absolutely beautiful spirit. A former art teacher, Sr. Adelaide's artistic abilities and creativity are inspiring. Sr. Adelaide's use of Mindfulness moves in harmony with her life and she uses Mindfulness as a tool to connect not only with herself, but others.
1. What does mindfulness mean to you?
Mindfulness is relinquishing the "doing mode"and the "thinking mode" for the "BEING mode of life, so that one is totally immersed in present moment awareness of things - external and internal conditions as they are - without judgment.
2. Describe your mindfulness practice or how you use it?
Because I have an inborn nature that wants to appreciate and savor things, especially beauty, comfort and joy, I find mindful awareness enhances my gratitude as I live my ordinary daily life.
I'm grateful for my faith in a loving being I call God (Love with and within me) who is always caring for me and all of creation. When in the midst of the challenging aspects of life whether it's people, places, things or conditions, I believe that these more challenging circumstances of life can work for my highest good.
Mindfulness includes honoring (by acknowledging) my negative feelings and emotions so that they don't have to be stuffed only to erupt in unwanted ways.
3. What difference has mindfulness made in your life?
The practice of mindfulness has heightened my sensory awareness so that I savor even more the gifts in my life - people, nature, pets, art, music, sounds, fragrant aromas, lovely aesthetic things, comfortable circumstances, etc. I also believe it strengthens my conscious contact with God by way of gratitude.
4. How would you explain mindfulness to someone who is new to the concept?
By sharing my responses to questions 1,2 & 3 above.
I would let the person know that there is quite a bit of literature on the topic of mindfulness readily available if they are interested in becoming more informed. I would also let them know that the practice of mindfulness seems to have been very effective in helping people deal with chronic pain.
5. Is there anything else you want to tell me about your own mindfulness experience?
I believe mindfulness can best be nurtured by nonjudgmental practice.