04 May THIS MONTH: MONDAY GETS MINDFUL
Again, in the spirit of delivering messages that are relevant, we are making the theme for May – Monday Gets Mindful. We first did this theme in November 2017. Check out the video again to see just how on-point it still is today.
We did, however, create different Mondays than we did in 2017. This month they are:
- Enjoy the Now
- Feel Your Feelings
- Choose Civility
- Turn the Page
Monday Gets Mindful
The terms mindfulness or being mindful have become more prevalent in our world. Maybe, it’s in response to what used to be our increasingly fast-paced lifestyle. Maybe COVID-19 has even brought more attention to our need for mindfulness. There are books about being mindful. There are websites dedicated to mindfulness. There are mindfulness therapies and coaches. There are apps to help and remind us to be mindful. Mindful resources are within our reach to help us create more meaningful moments. And life is truly amazing, when we are able to be mindful and present. But this isn’t necessarily easy and there is a good reason why. Our conscious brain processes 40-50 bits of information per second. That may or may not sound like a lot, but it is estimated that our unconscious brain has the ability to process 11 million bits of information per second. Our eyes process 10 million bits of information. Our skin senses 1 million bits of information. Our ears and noses take in 100,000 bits of data. Finally, we process 1,000 bits of information with our sense of taste. All of this can happen within one second, and our phenomenal brain compresses all of this down to a consumable 50 pieces. Not only does it inform us on why it is so challenging to be present, it also illustrates our need to create moments of peace and quiet and presence. Being mindful matters.