Mindful Connection

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We are All One, One with Spirit, One with Life!

Mindful connection is the goal of developing a mindful practice. Mindful connection with your loved ones, your friends and co-workers. Mindful connection with your authentic higher self which is part of universal spiritual energy. Mindful connection with life in all its diversity. A mindful practice is a process that brings about realisation of your true oneness with all that is.

Be Mindful is the key thought that helps in the transformational process. Be Mindful is the main theme in my book Mindful Actions and I teach it to all my clients. Be Mindful is the basis for every guided meditation that I conduct, whether in a group or in one-on-one sessions.

Being mindful is the ongoing practice of pausing your mind chatter and focusing your attention on the present moment with awareness. Anytime you find yourself in a stressful situation or under pressure, let Be Mindful be the trigger to take you to a place of peaceful presence or of heightened awareness. Use Be Mindful whenever you have an unhelpful thought or feeling, to shift focus to your values or purpose.

Use Be Mindful as a powerful trigger to pause and connect to your inner wisdom. Use Be Mindful as a magical trigger to silence your mind to enhance creativity and innovation. Use Be Mindful as a loving trigger that brings about full presence of mind, resulting in heightened intuition and intimacy in your relationships.

Mindfully Yours with Love, Joy & Peace Always! – John Shearer

I Believe…

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I Believe…

  1. that two people can look at the exact same thing and see something totally different.
  2. that the happiest people don’t necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the best of everything they have.
  3. that either you control your attitude or it controls you.
  4. that just because two people argue, it doesn’t mean they don’t love each other. And just because they don’t argue, it doesn’t mean they do.
  5. that we don’t have to change friends if we understand that friends change.
  6. that no matter how good a friend is, they’re going to hurt you every once in a while and you must forgive them for that.
  7. that the people you care about most in life are often taken from you too soon.
  8. that true friendship continues to grow, even over the longest distance. Same goes for true love.
  9. that you can do something in an instant that could give you heartache for life.
  10. that you should always leave loved ones with loving words. It may be the last time you see them.
  11. that you can keep going long after you think you can’t.
  12. that heroes are the people who do what has to be done when it needs to be done, regardless of the consequences.
  13. that money is a lousy way of keeping score.
  14. that sometimes the people you expect to kick you when you’re down, will be the ones to help you get back up.
  15. that we are responsible for what we do, no matter how we feel.
  16. that sometimes when I’m angry I have the right to be angry, but that doesn’t give me the right to be cruel.
  17. that it’s taking me a long time to become the person I want to be.
  18. that maturity has more to do with what types of experiences you’ve had and what you’ve learned from them and less to do with how many birthdays you’ve celebrated.
  19. that credentials on the wall do not make you a decent human being.
  20. that it isn’t always enough to be forgiven by others. Sometimes you have to learn to forgive yourself.
  21. that no matter how bad your heart is broken, the world doesn’t stop for your grief.
  22. that our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are, but we are responsible for who we become.
  23. that your life can be changed in a matter of hours by people who don’t even know you.
  24. that even when you think you have no more to give, when a friend cries out to you – you will find the strength to help.
  25. that you should share this with all of the people that you believe in… I just did.

My best friend shared this with me. Please pay it forward! Mindfully Yours – John

Where are you on the Moodometer?

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Where are you on the Moodometer?

In 1982, I died in a horrific truck smash and was revived. My world got turned upside down and I spent the next fifteen years mostly in the red zone. I was diagnosed with a mental illness and medical authorities told me that I would never be cured and never work again. Over that time I was given a smorgasbord of medications. At my lowest point, I was given shock treatment in an attempt to help me overcome a suicidal mood. I now call that time ‘my dark years’.

In 1997, I got my miracle when an old friend knocked on my door and told me his story. I hadn’t seen him for seventeen years. He told me how he was driving through town and got a ‘spiritual prompt’ to visit me. I haven’t seen him since but his random act of kindness put me on track into the yellow zone. I became spiritually aware and for the first time in my life, everything made sense to me. Negative and unhelpful thoughts continued but they were easily overcome.

In 2009, Dr Russ Harris trained me as an ACT therapist. Acceptance & Commitment Therapy is a mindfulness based therapy. I started a personal mindfulness practice that led me into the green zone. Negative and unhelpful thoughts lost thier power and have all but disappeared. I am now happily living ‘in the light’. I have both peace of mind and clarity of mind. My memory function and intuition are finely tuned. I am now very grateful for the years, they have helped make me who I am today.

In 2014, after an intensive five year study into the many aspects of mindfulness, I hosted a facebook event called Mindfulness Day. I invited Australians with mental suffering and 4,700 turned up for the month long event. I wrote a blog every day and hundreds of lives were transformed. The event became my book Mindful Actions which was launched on World Mental Health Day, 10th October. The feedback has been amazing! I am very passionate about my purpose which is to help people who are ‘stuck’. Mindfulness is now proven to be an excellent alternative to medication.

Mindfully Yours with Love, Joy & Peace Always! – John

Beliefs

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1982-1997 ~ I believed that I had an imbalance of chemicals in my brain. I believed I was mentally ill and would never be cured. I believed that I would have to take medications for the rest of my life. Professional people told me these things. People who had studied and been trained for many years in Universities.

1997-2009 ~ I had a spiritual awakening and believed in the power of Spirit. No more depression and no more meds. I believed the mind was like the moon. The moon has a light side as well as a dark side. For the first time in my life, everything made sense to me. All through history I could see the evidence of this spiritual game of chess. Love, joy and peace on one side versus hate, sadness and war on the other. Minds consumed by the light, dreaming, creating and full of life versus minds consumed by the darkside, nightmarish, destroying and suicidal.

2009-2013 ~ I started the study and practice of mindfulness. I felt driven and spent countless hours in front of the computer. 20-30 hours per week, it almost drove my wife insane. Mindfulness is all about awareness and being fully connected to spirit. It is the tool we all need to live a life of peace and happiness.

2013-End of Days ~ Osho said, “It’s not a question of learning much – on the contrary. It’s a question of unlearning much.” We all have beliefs based on what we have learned and what we have experienced. This in turn becomes our truth and we all have different truths.

The mind is like a computer and needs to be reset now and then. I decided to un-believe everything I had learned on my life’s journey. As thoughts came to mind, I used my silent observer (my heart) to test for truth. The results have been absolutely enlightening! This is your mindful action. Be warned; your mind is going to object strongly, just remember, you are not your mind!

Here are a few random thoughts:

  • What you believe has more power than what you dream or wish or hope for.
  • You become what you believe.
  • Don’t believe everything you think.
  • The reason you do the things you do is because you think the things you think.
  • The reason you think the things you think is because you believe the things you believe.
  • The root cause of your problems is not what you are doing – it is what you are thinking!
  • The worst thing you can do is believe that you don’t have a choice.
  • Life presents you with endless choices and opportunities if you care to step out and face your fears without limiting beliefs.
  • Only you can take the impossible and make it possible!

Be Mindful – and Open to All Possibilities! Love, Joy & Peace Always! – John

Mindfulness Day 2015

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Mindfulness Day is the first Sunday in May. Winter follows May in Australia which is the prime time for depression & suicide. Mindfulness is the best hope for the world to overcome mental suffering and is part of all therapies used in treating ‘mental illness’ today. Mindfulness is the energy of being aware and awake to the present moment. It is the continuous practice of touching life deeply in every moment of daily life. To be mindful is to be truly alive and present with those around you and with what you are doing.
I will be hosting a free online mindfulness session the first and last Sunday in May at 9:00am (Australian Eastern Standard Time). The sessions will include a relaxing mindfulness exercise which will clearly demonstrate what mindful awareness actually feels like. This is most often enough to get you started on your own mindful practice. I will also post snippets throughout May from Mindfulness Day 2014 which became my transformational book Mindful Actions.
Please email mindfulmad@gmail.com for a link to the session. Mindfully Yours ♥ John
More info: http://mindfullymad.org/ (mindfully Making A Difference) Our vision is world mental health without medication.

Be Mindful Newsletter Feedback

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Why do I do what I do? This is just one response from my Be Mindful newsletter. Why not subscribe?

Hi John,

Thank you so much this it has come at just the right time for me! I started following you on Facebook in May last year and it was you who kickstarted my mindful journey. Since then I’ve been trying to read up on it all over the place! I have just finished your book and have started to read it over as I know I have not put into action everything that you advise. It is so hard to maintain the focus when caught up in a busy day! But I am working on it. I have downloaded the Headspace app (I expect you’ve heard of it) and so that is helping too. I believe good things seem to be coming my way too, chance meetings with people who can help me on my spiritual journey, for example! I am both amazed and encouraged by this. I have also found I am not getting nearly as stressed out over silly little things as I used to. Road rage, what’s that?!

Tips like the ones below really help keep me on track so please keep them coming. And thank you so much! You are doing a truly wonderful thing sharing your wisdom this way and I along with many many others will be eternally grateful.

With the very best wishes,

Rachel

Sent from my iPad

> On 24 Mar 2015, Mindfulness Coach <bemindful@outlook.com.au> wrote:
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> Gooday Rachel
> Things don’t get better by chance, they get better by change! How do we overcome resistance to change? Does it seem that no matter how many courses we do or how many books we read, actually making changes in our daily life seems such a big challenge? What is it that prevents us from taking the necessary steps that would make a huge difference in our life? Most of us have many beliefs that we created as teenagers to help cope with a busy and confusing world. Many of these beliefs are now the very reason that we blame ourselves and see ourselves as unworthy. One way to clear these beliefs is to create new ones that are more empowering.
> When you notice an unhelpful or negative thought; be mindful (pause your mind with awareness) and replace it with an action thought that is based on your values. Instead of worrying about your perceived short-comings, focus on your strengths and gifts in such a way that it benefits others. Change will become automatic and old beliefs will lose their power over you. Another way to clear old beliefs is to pretend your mind is a computer; simply reset to original settings by turning it off each night. Start every morning with a clear cache and an open mind. Be Mindful!
> Mindfully Yours with Love & Peace of Mind Always! – John Shearer
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Grafton Mindfulness Group

Grafton Group

 

I have been practising and coaching mindfulness for six years now and have witnessed the massive impact that it has made on people’s work and life. They are more peaceful, happier, healthier, empathic, intuitive and excited about their lives.

This weekly group is starting on Saturday 21st February at 10am sharp at the Grafton Community & Function Centre, 59 Duke Street Grafton. All Welcome! If you can’t make it to the group, why not consider a one-on-one session with me? Another option is to purchase my book Mindful Actions. People are now buying multiple copies of my book to give away to friends. Friends who might be struggling, needing motivation or haven’t found their purpose yet.

Mindfully Yours with Love, Joy & Peace Always! – John Shearer bemindful@outlook.com.au

I Promise Myself

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I Promise Myself

  1. to laugh as if nobody’s watching, and love as if I’ve never been hurt before.
  2. to live as if I were to die tomorrow, and learn as if I were to live forever.
  3. to let go of the heavy burden of my past. To turn my wounds into wisdom and my  difficulties into opportunities.
  4. to love myself as much as I would like others to love me.
  5. to die to the past every night, so that I can be born again each morning.
  6. to never speak from a place of hate, jealousy, anger, or insecurity. And to always evaluate my words before I let them leave my lips.
  7. to forgive so that I can heal, and let go so that I can grow.
  8. to learn from every experience and every interaction life sends my way.
  9. to always look for the good in people. To treat everyone with love, kindness, compassion, appreciation and never speak badly of anyone.
  10. to allow life’s many challenges to make me better, not bitter.
  11. to complain less, and live my life with an attitude of gratitude.
  12. to create a sense of purpose and bring meaning into everyday life. No matter how many times I fall or fail, I promise myself to never give up on myself or my dreams.
  13. to let go of all the drama in my life, and only hold on to those things that bring me joy.
  14. to live my life in a way that inspires others and strive to bring out the best in them.
  15. to surround myself with people who make me hungry for life, touch my heart, and nurture my spirit.
  16. to think less and feel more. To judge less and trust more. To fear less and love more.
  17. to walk away from everything that no longer serves me, grows me, or makes me happy.
  18. to spend more time connecting with my authentic self, and less time chasing the love and approval of those around me.
  19. to show the world who I truly am and not consider what people might be thinking about me.
  20. to transform my inner vision until I see nothing but light, my own and all those around me.
  21. to let go of any bad habits I might be holding on to, and walk away from all those things that hold me back in life.
  22. to let go of all blame and take full responsibility for my own life.
  23. to allow the world know me as I am, not as it thinks I should be.
  24. to be tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and empathetic of the weak.
  25. to clothe myself with love and wear this love wherever I go.
  26. to care more about being kind than I do about being right all the time.
  27. to give more of my time to those who are special in my life, and show them how much they really mean to me.
  28. to trust my inner voice and intuition more than I trust the loud voice of those around me.
  29. to expect less from others but more and more from myself.
  30. to allow those I care for to be perfectly themselves without trying to twist them to fit my own image. Loving them for who they are and not for what I want them to be.

And above all! I Promise Myself to Be Mindful! Love & Laughter Always! – John

Perfect Christmas Gift

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Have you got friends who are stressed, anxious or depressed? Maybe you have friends who need a boost in confidence or motivation? Please consider giving them a copy of my book Mindful Actions for Christmas. I am happy to sign and deliver in my hometown or mail worldwide. (click here for details)

My book is designed to be a journey to enlightenment and peace of mind. Here is some feedback that I have received so far:

Nicole ~ Thank you John for your inspiring words. I have enjoyed this amazing journey of mindfulness. We are all slowly but surely waking up! Thank you.

Dael ~ Thankyou for your awesome book. Now it’s practice and more practice. Namaste.

Trudy ~ Thank you for your insights that have helped me create a great attitude.

Sonia ~ Reading mindful actions created a major opportunity to improve myself! Thank you so much dear John! Bless you!

Amy ~ Thanks so much – what an awesome book – I wish more people would read it!

Linda ~ I am so beyond blessed and grateful for you John. I’ve walked through darkness and you have helped me to see the brightness of my life. I appreciate your truth, wisdom and knowledge. Thank you!

Michelle ~  I don’t think I have words powerful enough to speak my gratitude for how much you have deepened my understanding.

Nalin ~ It’s wonderful John, really amazing. I love it more and keep practicing. Thanks!

Bee ~ Thank you with love and gratitude. I must say it opens one’s mind and heart. Namaste.

Lily ~ So grateful to have your assistance to bring me into the light. I will try to remember and practice the mindful actions.

Bobby ~ Thank you John you have helped me more than I can express. I needed this in my life, today I am mindful not only of others but of myself.

Anja ~ You have made a difference in my life for sure. Bless you.

Horto ~ Thank you John for your inspiring messages and good thought.

Johanna ~ Thank you so much for the wisdom and love you have shared! I am so grateful!

Sonia ~ Thank You Mindfulness Coach for these 30 inspiring chapters! With love & gratitude… be mindful!

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you a Merry Christmas and express my love, gratitude and very best wishes for 2015. It’s going to be a cracker!!

Press Release

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Author’s new book praises benefits of ‘Mindful Actions’

John Shearer shares life story, power of mindfulness with readers to help prevent mental illnesses

GRAFTON, Australia – In 1982, author John Shearer was in a brutal truck accident and pronounced dead. Shortly after, however, he was revived but not without issue – he now had a severe mental disorder. Shearer was convinced he was brought back for a reason –he just had to find it. He finally began to find what he was looking for in 1997, when he left depression and his disorder behind.

Shearer now aims to help readers find peace of their own through his new book, “Mindful Actions” (published by Balboa Press AU), which discusses the practice of mindfulness.

“I am passionate about helping people go from meds to mindfulness,” Shearer says on the topic of his book. “The western world needs far less medication and heaps more mentors.”

Throughout “Mindful Actions,” Shearer discusses the ways in which mindfulness can better the lives of all readers, especially those suffering from depression. He also discusses his own journey to mindfulness, in hopes that it will help readers realize its healing abilities.

“My book is a transformational journey of self-discovery, especially for people with depression, stress or anxiety,” Shearer says. “It is about learning, exploring and practicing the many aspects of being mindful without meditation.”

Shearer invites you to visit his website to order a signed copy of Mindful Actions.

“Mindful Actions” by John Shearer

Softcover | 5 x 8 in | 110 pages | ISBN 9781452525631

About the Author

John Shearer was in a truck accident in 1982 at which point he was pronounced dead. He was revived shortly after but with a severe mental disorder. Through mindfulness he managed to beat his disorders and now aims to help others do the same through his first book, “Mindful Actions.”