Mindfulness and Curiosity: Inspiring Affection

Written by Maya Talisman Frost

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But that's notrepparttar end ofrepparttar 135251 story. Our mindful curiosity can help us find common ground. Inrepparttar 135252 same way, others we see as similar to us become more fascinating as we get to know them better and recognize their unique qualities.

In other words, we need to see bothrepparttar 135253 differences ANDrepparttar 135254 similarities in order to learnrepparttar 135255 most and increase our awareness of others as well as gain a greater understanding of ourselves. The more we see ourselves as mindful, curious people with an interest in others,repparttar 135256 more likely we are to continue to engage inrepparttar 135257 world around us with wonder and affection.

This is true for art as well as people. It has been shown that we like art or music that we have been instructed to notice. Of two people shownrepparttar 135258 same unfamiliar piece of artwork,repparttar 135259 one instructed to notice three interesting aspects ofrepparttar 135260 piece is far more likely to report later that they like it.

I loverepparttar 135261 beauty and power of this notion.

If all it takes to develop greater affection for a person, place or thing is simply being instructed to find interesting aspects, then we need to start doing exactly that. By strengthening our mindful/curious quotient, we can ensure our continued development as kind, compassionate, generous and happy individuals.

How curiously simple--and stunningly significant.

Maya Talisman Frost is a mind masseuse in Portland, Oregon. Through her company, Real-World Mindfulness Training, she offers fun and effective eyes-wide-open alternatives to meditation. To subscribe to her free weekly ezine, the Friday Mind Massage, please visit http://www.MassageYourMind.com


Written by Kay L. Schlagel

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How then, do we begin to accept and love ourselves? First, we take stock. Not of what is wrong with us. What we didn’t do, or we should have done, but what we did do. We use compassion and look at all our positive traits and accomplishments. The key word here is compassion. To honestly value ourselves as human beings; not be drawn intorepparttar negative thoughts and tapes that run through our minds fromrepparttar 135250 past. It’s amazing how many positive things you come up with if you can be honest and compassionate with yourself. It isn’t putting a good face on things. If it’s just for one time in your life to not judge yourself harshly but be honest and good to yourself. If you have to start with just one good thing then start with that and add to it day by day. You will find thatrepparttar 135251 list is actually a long one because…face it you’re a good person. Yes, you have made some mistakes you have some shortcomings… relax, your human; you can work on them. One by one not just become so overwhelmed that you just give up. It’s ok to be human, and make mistakes. Mistakes are just life’s way of helping us to learn. Not, a weapon to beat ourselves up with. Next time you look in torepparttar 135252 mirror; try it. Think of something good about yourself, then think of something you’ve accomplished; keep doing that until you realize what a valuable and lovable person you are. What if you can only think of one thing a day? Take it one day at a time but keep doing it. What do you have to lose? You have so much to gain. Kay L. Schlagel

I am a 45 y.o. female residing in Nebraska. I have two grown sons. I started my career as a RN but had to retire after ten years due to complications from childhood injuries. I am now working as an artist/author. I maintain a blogspot to talk about the book I have published called CINDY WHEN HELL FROZE OVER at www.mdmkay.blogspot.com, and an art portfolio at www.artwanted.com/mdmkay which showcases my oil, acrylic, and digital artwork.

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