Mindfulness and Marshmallows

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“Every moment in your life is a chance to get it right
Any moment you are living in
You could turn it on like a light.”
-Third Eye Blind (Monotov’s Private Opera)

With St. Patrick’s Day festivities fully underway, the word “lucky” has definitely been on my mind.  Normally around this time of year I revert back to similar thoughts that I had around Thanksgiving of being grateful for what I have in my life, the thought beginning with “I feel lucky” as opposed to “I feel grateful.”

So I began to compose my annual mental list of things in my life that I feel fortunate to have, including my job, my family, my friends, where I live, my cats, etc.  As I continued to add onto this list though, I realized that I was still having thoughts creep into my mind of things in my life that I don’t have, as well as thoughts on parts of my life that I wish were a little different.  I think these are natural thoughts to have when you are reflecting on your life; we are conditioned to constantly be aiming higher and setting new and improved goals to obtain new and improved things in life.  Even still, it definitely didn’t make me feel as “lucky” as I was hoping to feel in that moment.

These thoughts made me consider what truly feeling lucky might look like when you know that something is just the way it should be and it cannot be taken away or made better.

“When you realize nothing is lacking, the whole world belongs to you.” -Lao Tsu

The key to realizing that “nothing is lacking”?  Look at what you have, not in your physical world, but in your mind, and in your body.  If you have a powerful mind/body connection, you are already winning at life.  Now I am not a doctor or psychologist, but I have taken an interest in learning more about the benefits of mindfulness and the mind/body connection and applying this way of thinking into my daily life, and it has definitely made a difference in how I am navigating through this life.  If you are “Mindfully Lucky,” you realize that that you are actually lucky enough to have all of the tools for a happy, healthy life right inside of you.

To explain my thoughts on this a little more, I decided that it would only be appropriate (and super fun) to use the luckiest cereal around and it’s marshmallow charms to describe what being “Mindfully Lucky” means to me!

Photo by Studio Eiler @studioeiler

So here we go!  “Mindfully Lucky” explained using the marshmallows of Lucky Charms Cereal!

Balloon Charm
~ Feel lucky to have the ability to take a deep breath…hold it….and let it go ~
How lucky are we that we are able to take a deep breath and fill our lungs up with air, and then let it out, over and over and over?  Breathing is such an important factor of mindfulness, and it can bring you back into the present moment if you slow down and focus on this amazing process.

Heart Charm
~ Feel lucky to feel ~
We are lucky enough to have some of our best teachers that help us learn more about ourselves right inside of our minds and bodies.  I’m talking emotions!  If we choose to look at our emotions head-on (especially the unpleasant ones), we can learn more about what might be causing them by understanding ourselves at a deeper, more introspective level.  By learning about ourselves through our emotions, we can navigate through certain situations more effectively in the future.  As a bonus, feelings — the good, the bad, the ugly, and the pleasant — make us human and show us that we are gaining experiences and living our lives! And let me tell ya, it is great to feel alive!

Shamrock Hat Charm
~ Feel lucky to have the ability to connect our mind with our body ~
Our mind is the most stylish hat that we can wear, and when our mental state and body are coordinating and speaking the same language, we feel more in control of our present moment.  Meditation is a form of guided thought that can help us make this connection, but you can also experience this connection by simply realizing how your body reacts to certain emotions and thoughts.  We are so lucky that our body gives us signs as to how we might be feeling – we just need to learn to recognize and respond effectively.

Crescent Moon Charm
~ Feel lucky that inner peace is an option ~
When we close our eyes at night and those thoughts of the day come rushing into our minds, we have the opportunity to choose peace and accept these realities for what they are in our lives.  We also have the ability to train our minds to have confidence and hope that despite what might be going on, we will be able to handle the experience or thought accordingly..  With mindfulness, we have the control to let go, accept, and create order in our lives.  That is some pretty special power that we are lucky enough to hold in our minds!

Horseshoe Charm
~ Feel lucky to be present ~
From the moment our feet are connected with the ground each morning, we are surrounded by sounds, sights, smells, and visual wonder.  Being present and connecting with the world around us might be one of the most beneficial and important things we can choose to do, and if you engage, you might be lucky enough to experience something that you’ve never experienced before!

Rainbow Charm
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Feel lucky to access our inner empathy ~
When you are “mindfully lucky,” kindness and compassion are second nature because your heart is open, and you are able to really listen and understand the feelings and actions of others.  Connecting to people is just as important as connecting to nature and our surrounding world, and to access this inner empathy is good for the heart and the soul.

Shooting Star Charm
~ Feel lucky to have infinite possibilities in your life ~
When we practice mindfulness, the dust clears from around us and we are able to see the infinite road ahead of us from our stance in the present moment.  It’s clear and open, just like your mind.  While mindfulness emphasizes being in the present, it also clears our mind of worry and anxiety so that our future is unclouded.

And this brings me to the Pot of Gold Charm, which to me, represents making every moment valuable.  When we feel “Mindfully Lucky,” we are able to see the relevance of smaller moments in our lives and be present for the whole experience.

It makes us realize that we don’t need to look so far from ourselves to see how lucky we are, or even “make” our own luck,  but instead, begin with our mind, our body, and the now.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Live Out Loud,
Stephanie

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37 thoughts on “Mindfulness and Marshmallows

  1. This is such an unexpected connection between two concepts, but you totally pulled it off! So many of us fail to appreciate what we have until it’s gone, and then we regret not having appreciated it while we had it. All of that is pulling us out of the present moment – the opposite of mindfulness. Thanks for giving me something to think about!

    1. Thanks so much, Robin! I completely agree. I am so guilty of being everywhere BUT the present moment throughout the day. I am definitely trying to become better at many of these things myself! Thanks so much for reading!

  2. This is the best St. Patrick’s post EVER!
    And I love that quote(Lao Tsu), I’d never heard it before.
    ps – Totally our favorite cereal here.

    1. Thanks so much, Melly! And yes, Lucky Charms is an amazing cereal! =)=). I rediscovered it while writing this post and now I just want it all of the time!

  3. I love this. Your lucky charms perspective is unique and so creative! I have just finished a 30 day gratitude challenge on my blog. It really made me appreciate mindfulness and how being grateful for even the little things we take for granted and things to be grateful for. Makes you live in the now, feel more centred and not worry so much about the future or sweat the past. Fantastic post, you have a new subscriber in me.

    1. Leah, I definitely am going to check out your 30 days of gratitude challenge on your blog! I would be very interested in starting this in April. Thank you for sharing and for reading!

  4. Thanks for the thoughtful article, I stand 100% behind you on this, being mindful has so many benefits, I really liked the sentence “Feel lucky to have infinite possibilities in your life”, because it is so true and I feel grateful everyday to have these options.
    Thanks for reminding us to be mindful every day 🙂

  5. This was seriously awesome! I love how you broke it down and simplified it. Being present is one of those things that I think many of us forget along with remembering that we are emotional beings who sense and feel things. Thanks for all the tips!

  6. Thank you for this amazing article, I really need it. Been feeling overloaded and stressed and I keep forgetting to look around me and appreciate my life. I forget to breathe and relax, take it all in and let go of the things that aren’t important in the grand scheme of life. I appreciate you sharing this and will now have to apply this to my life.

  7. I really enjoyed reading your post! I love taking a step back and looking at everything there is to be thankful for. Your picture is super creative & cute too!

  8. Hey Stephanie thanks for such wonderful post, yea is human nature that we normally don’t appreciate something until is gone or too late i love reading your post 🙂 keep going……..

  9. Oh, what a wonderful post! Counting our blessings should get more attention. Seeing and appreciating even the little things in life. Being healthy, which most people just take for granted. I really enjoyed reading , luckily I found your blog! I will be back … as ‘Arnie’ says 😉

    1. I am so happy that you liked this post, Kaludia! It was very therapeutic for me to write, and mindfulness is definitely something that I am still working on myself! It is very easy to get caught up in the busy schedules of every day life, and to forget about the simple things that there are to be thankful for each day. I am continuing my path towards mindfulness each day, and some days are better than others!! Thank you for stopping by Citrus and Sun! And I would love for you to “be back!” =)

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