Being Here

Now:

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In the middle of this hike, I´m stopping to observe. 

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Consciously connecting with what is happening right here, right now.

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My mind is wandering off, and I am being aware of my thoughts.

Accepting the flow of them.

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Just gently bringing my mind back to being here, coming to my senses.

Moments of mindfulness at Mt. Jakta/ Ørsta/ Norway, August 2015.

In Praise of Peace and Quiet

I love where I live:

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The little joys that life has to offer.

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From mountain to sea.

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Where light creates art on smooth water.

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Making me mesmerized, gazing out in the horizon.

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 With gratitude.

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And a calming sense of freedom.

Sunset paddle in my hometown Sykkylven/ Norway, August 2015

Nature Speaks

Stop and listen:

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When the gentle summer breeze caresses my face, my eyes close.

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I´m soothed by the silence. Tuning in to the soundscape around me.

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A bird is singing in the distance. Insects summing on the ground.

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I´m holding the faint sounds in my awareness. Listening with my whole being.

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Letting nature transmit its calmness to me.

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Nature speaks at Mt. Hammarsettindane/ Sykkylven/ Norway, August 2015

Finding Flow

In the present moment:

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As I climb the rocky surface, time falls away.

I´m utterly absorbed in what I do. Tapping into a higher state of awareness.

To get to the top requires full attention. Energized focus. It´s challenging, yet doable. A mental and physical challenge, which makes me happy!

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Flow is a state of complete immersion in an activity.

Positive psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi describes the mental state of flow as “being completely involved in an activity for its own sake. The ego falls away. Time flies. Every action, movement, and thought follows inevitably from the previous one, like playing jazz. Your whole being is involved, and you’re using your skills to the utmost.”

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When are you in the flow?
Do you recognize it as such?

Climbing at Marteberga/ Sykkylven/ Norway, August 2015

Intentional Awareness

On the wilderness path:

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A subtle scent fills the misty air. I´m captured by its freshness.

The aroma of the ferns awaken my senses. Reminds me of childhood, playing in the woods until dusk.

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Aware of my thoughts, I´m back in the present moment. Inhale. Exhale.

I observe the ferns. The shimmer of the leaves. Simple at first glance, but shades and patterns are revealed when paying close attention.

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What do you see?

Minding the ferns, Mt. Skopphornet/ Sykkylven/ Norway