Reflection is central to mindfulness. It’s considering what we hope to gain from our brief lives on Earth and how we can give back to the forces that brought us here.

Mindfulness is no longer limited to spiritual people, social workers or multi crore businesses. Now general public is turning to mindfulness as a corrective to stress, technological advancements, digital distractions, and their karmic consequences. People are waking up to the need to help others and to be more tolerant of their peers. The progress is slow, but we can see that the world is moving toward a more sensitive and sensible society that will truly demonstrate the live and let live policy.

Mindfulness does not have to be associated with meditation. Although meditation is a sure-fire way to release emotional baggage and stress, engaging in your favorite creative activity, whether it’s baking, doodling, or singing in the shower, will quiet your thoughts as you enter a state of flow.

Each of us must acknowledge that we are extracting far more from the universe than we’ll ever be able to return. We cannot abandon technology or become saints, nor can we overnight stop the masses from destroying our planet, but we must all reinstate our connection to nature or else our children will suffer. Given the recent floods and storms, who knows if even more severe disasters may strike during our own lifetime.

The following are examples of reckless actions toward our natural resources. They were distributed in a group chat. The author’s identity is unknown, but I sincerely thank him for these eye-openers!

The points raised above have really tickled my conscience. I used to be conscious of the water, garbage, and natural environment around me. However, things like mindful gifting and the fashion industry have inspired me to do a little more for conservation.

What steps have I taken to set an example?

I now prefer to give cash as gifts, and if I must give an object, it is a food item that is not wrapped in a gift wrapper.

I only buy clothes when I absolutely need them. I don’t believe in overstuffing my closet with the latest trends.

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