My New Years promise… if you don’t mind

Have you made any New Year’s resolutions?

I have.  Just one.  Want to know what it is?  It’s not what you might think; and it’s not the usual “same-old” I focus on… you know… the typical stuff that most of us obsess about:  “I’m going to lose 10 pounds” or “I’m going to join a gym” … that sort of thing.

Lately, I have become more and more convinced that I need to practice mindfulness.

It’s a buzz word used in Buddhist circles, and those who are into meditating according to a more Eastern tradition.  Perhaps it’s not new to you – you’ve heard the word before and think you know what it all means.

I certainly have an idea of what it is, but I have no real experience.  That’s because I haven’t practiced it.  Not yet.

So, my New Year’s ‘resolution’ is to practice mindfulness on a daily basis.

I find myself beginning to let go of my Western religious ideas of spirituality and becoming more open to Eastern philosophy.  My religious comrades from the West label any Eastern notions about God and the Universe as “New Age.”  And, in a way, it is.

But I know that there are problems with Western religion that Eastern thought could solve.  One of these ideas is the practice of mindfulness.

I can’t help but think that any form of discipline of the mind will go a long way to helping me recover from sex addiction.  As I continue to blog this year, I will be making reference to the discipline (practice) of mindfulness.

As it says in the 11th step:  “Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God…”  I will seek to improve my conscious contact with my Higher Power by adding mindfulness to my daily regime.

And that’s a promise!