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Passive Action vs. Active Action

When I first started practicing mindfulness, I was (and still am) a fan of the practice because of its ability to improve lives in subtle, yet powerful shifts. I wanted to share it with the world and started doing presentations to various local groups.

When I do a presentation, I always like to be super-prepared and prepping for the mindfulness presentation was no different. I started reading blog posts every day and researching scholarly articles as well as articles in newspapers and business magazines. I consumed youtube videos of Jon Kabat-Zinn and read books on the topic.

At some point, all of my research became passive action. It did help increase my knowledge and understanding, but it didn't finish my presentation. Interestingly, it didn't help my mindfulness practice either because I wasn't practicing mindfulness. I needed to shift my action into active actions that would move me towards my goal: sharing mindfulness with others.

I still like to read about mindfulness and its benefits, but more importantly, I am actually practicing mindfulness in my life.

Have you noticed yourself thinking about an action or spending a lot of time researching an action instead of acting on the action? I always think awareness is the first step to change!


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