Mindfulness, the art of living in the moment
Mindfulness is beautifully expressed by this quote: “Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.”― Thich Nhat Hanh
Life on our farm unfurls each day to nature’s cadence, moment after moment. It begins with Pollo Rococo’s early morning charge to seize the day, to pay attention to the light of dawn, and the promise of renewal.
Rozendal has taught us to live in the present and to follow the flow and gentle contours of harvests that seek their own will, fermentation processes that cannot be rushed, animals that gently graze and consume without waste or haste.
The blended harmony and harmonious pace of farm life is the gift we love to extend to our visitors. Rozendal is an opportunity to stop, breathe, observe and listen. Because we understand that our guests arrive with a need for respite from the tug of work and the push and pull of the daily grind, we invite them to settle into a kinder contemplation of the rhythmic balance that settles in the stilling of the mind.
When we observe our farm animals, the likes of Lehaina the cud-chewing resident cow or Truffles, our pig – the great mushroom guzzler – or Shilwan the horse who loves to run like the wind, we come to learn that every command of nature is responded to in the moment. There’s no rushing the ruminating.
The art of mindfulness is the practice of open attention to the present and awakening of the conscious. Instead of squandering each minute, we have an opportunity to stop the rush. Rather than follow illusory fantasies about what could be, we can take the time to see things for what they are.
We invite you to join us on the farm and experience the Zen of just doing nothing. In the meantime we offer some tips on applying mindfulness and meditation to begin living and walking as if you are kissing the earth with your feet and resonating with the light within.
Ten Guides to Mindfulness
Bring intention to the beginning of each day.
Observe the world with an open mind and see things as though for the first time with wide-eyed curiosity.
Practice patience and let the moments of anxiety pass. As the saying goes: “And this too shall pass.”
Be in the moment and experience things as they truly are.
Practice non-judgement so that evaluations are replaced by a balanced perspective.
Allow yourself to accept any experience without striving to change it. What you resist persists.
Self-reliance and accepting responsibility for the outcome of your actions.
Sometimes you have to let go so that you can let things be as they are supposed to.
Addressing yourself with kindness and self-compassion will counteract the harsh inner critic that shouts the loudest. Quell this with kindness.
Create balance and be aware of the imbalances that exist in your work, family and lifestyle.