On Slowing Down, Being Mindful, and Truly Seeing — By Marji Neill

I love to share words from others about why you value your practice, and how you manifest your practice in your daily life.  I share some words Marji Neill shared with me, along with an image of where Marji meets herself/her spirit:

“Hi Kristine,

It was great being with you in class today!   I’ve missed seeing everyone.   I had to chuckle when you were talking about being mindful, slowing down, and making eye contact.  Lots of thoughts came to my mind.   I do not have many natural talents [editorial note from KZ:  this is not true!], but for whatever reason, complete strangers have always opened up to me.  My girls noticed this when they were young and it is something that drives my husband nuts.   When we are out, and I speak with total strangers, he will often ask, “Do you KNOW that person?”   Growing up with an “always be busy, busy, busy” mentality, I tend to walk briskly, but I like to smile and greet anyone I see.  This has led to a ton of “little while friends” and fun conversations.  Also, it seems like my guardian angel or spirit guide (or whatever energy is helping me through life on earth), likes to draw my attention to wildlife at just the right moment, and it’s been a fun part of my life.    Lately I’ve noticed I’m not walking as fast.  It made me wonder if I was holding back to not irritate my cranky knee (chronic), or if I am just getting older.   But, you gave me hope that maybe I am finally understanding that if I zoom through life with my head down, I will miss a lot.   After all, I want to know how that wild turkey family with seeming limited good sense, is doing!”

Sept 29, 2015

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2 thoughts on “On Slowing Down, Being Mindful, and Truly Seeing — By Marji Neill

  1. Mindful mediation takes courage. As we move through this beautiful world, we must realize that we are all connected. Here on Earth, things seem hurried. But, when we begin to feel what we know, savor what we eat, hear what is being offered, breathe in harmony with others, and take time to rejuvenate, we are Becoming Whole. In these moments, we catch a glimpse of our human potential here on Earth. We realize that we are all one with God.

  2. Thanks for sharing this, KZ! Marji, I love your thoughts, I can relate very much to watching wildlife (somewhat obsessively maybe), we might have sister guardian angels…
    sorry I missed seeing you in whatever class you came to! –your old neighbor on Mckenzie St

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