Perfect Christmas Gift

Mindful Xmas

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

Mindful Actions Front Cover

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.”

Month of Mindfulness

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Earlier this year, I hosted an online facebook event and targeted Australians with mental suffering. It was called Mindfulness Day and launched Mindful May. In Australia, May precedes winter which is prime time for depression and suicide. 4,700 people attended and it was a huge success.

My facebook page has over 730,000 ‘likers’. Why? Because Mindfulness is helping people transform their lives. 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. Mindfulness is the best hope for the world to overcome mental suffering and is part of all therapies used in treating ‘mental illness’ today.

I am planning another Month of Mindfulness for the Northern Hemisphere in November. Winter follows November in the Northern Hemisphere so it makes sense to host this encore event. Month of Mindfulness takes you on a transformational journey; learning, exploring and practicing the many aspects of mindfulness – without meditation. It will be a roadmap for practising mindful awareness and will help guide you through the process of self discovery, waking up and connecting fully with your authentic self.

If we work together, this encore event could have an impact on thousands and save lives! Please Join to Raise Awareness & Share to Help Others! We are All One, One with Spirit, One with Life! Mindfully Yours with One Love for All ~ John

Month of Mindfulness: https://www.facebook.com/events/369178533230540/

Mindfulness in Business

Thich Nhat Hanh

Thich Nhat Hanh: is mindfulness being corrupted by business and finance?

Mindfulness has become an increasingly popular topic among business leaders, with several key executives speaking publicly in recent months about how it helps them improve the bottom line. Arianna Huffington, editor in chief of the Huffington Post, in a blog post last month, wrote that “there’s nothing touchy-feely about increased profits. This is a tough economy… Stress-reduction and mindfulness don’t just make us happier and healthier, they’re a proven competitive advantage for any business that wants one.” But by focusing on the bottom-line benefits of mindfulness, are business leaders corrupting the core Buddhist practice?

Thich Nhat Hanh (Thay), is the 87-year-old Zen master considered by many to be the father of mindfulness in the west, says as long as business leaders practice “true” mindfulness, it does not matter if the original intention is triggered by wanting to be more effective at work or to make bigger profits. That is because the practice will fundamentally change their perspective on life as it naturally opens hearts to greater compassion and develops the desire to end the suffering of others.

Sitting in a lotus position on the floor of his monastery at Plum Village near Bordeaux, France, Thay went on to say: “If you know how to practice mindfulness you can generate peace and joy right here, right now. And you’ll appreciate that and it will change you. In the beginning, you believe that if you cannot become number one, you cannot be happy, but if you practice mindfulness you will readily release that kind of idea. We need not fear that mindfulness might become only a means and not an end because in mindfulness the means and the end are the same thing. There is no way to happiness; happiness is the way.”

But Thay, as the Zen master is known to his hundreds of thousands of followers around the world, points out that if executives are in the practice for selfish reasons, then they are experiencing a mere pale shadow of mindfulness.

“If you consider mindfulness as a means of having a lot of money, then you have not touched its true purpose,” he says. “It may look like the practise of mindfulness but inside there’s no peace, no joy, no happiness produced. It’s just an imitation. If you don’t feel the energy of brotherhood, of sisterhood, radiating from your work, that is not mindfulness.” As he puts it: “If you’re happy, you cannot be a victim of your happiness. But if you’re successful, you can be a victim of your success.”

Perhaps the most interesting intersection in the business world is between mindfulness and technology, as they appear to pull in opposite directions. The practice is all about slowing down and emptying the mind, while the digital revolution is speeding up our lives and filling our heads with vast quantities of information. Despite this, they have a long history together. One example was Apple CEO Steve Jobs fascination by Zen Buddhism. Other business leaders who practise mindfulness include Intermix CEO Khajak Keledjian, Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini, Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff and Zappos.com CEO Tony Hsieh, to name just a few.

Mindfulness has been linked for decades to the Californian lifestyle, where many technology companies are based. So it is no great surprise that Thay, who has sold more than 2 million books in the US, was invited to Silicon Valley by Google and was also asked to lead a private day of mindfulness for CEOs of 15 of the world’s most powerful technology companies.

Thay’s core message to the tech leaders he met was to use their global influence to focus on how they can contribute to making the world a better place, rather than on making as much money as possible. He and a group of monastics spent a day at Google’s headquarters, spending time with the senior management as well as leading around 700 employees through mindfulness discussions and sitting and walking meditation. So many staff wanted to take part that the company had to open up two additional locations to live stream his lecture.

Thay speaks of the sharp contrast between the normal frenetic pace of work at the technology giant and the sense of peace that came from sitting in silence during his day of mindfulness on the Googleplex campus. “The atmosphere was totally different,” he says. “There’s a silence, there’s a peace that comes from doing nothing. And in that space, they can realise the preciousness of time.”

During his visit, which was themed “intention, innovation, insight”, Thay met a number of senior Google engineers to discuss how the company can use technology to be more compassionate and effective in bringing positive change to the world, rather than increasing people’s stress and isolation, both from each other and from nature.

When they create electronic devices, they can reflect on whether that new product will take people away from themselves, their family and nature,” he says. “Instead they can create the kind of devices and software that can help them to go back to themselves, to take care of their feelings. By doing that, they will feel good because they’re doing something good for society.

At the day-long retreat with the CEOs, Thay led a silent meditation and offered a Zen tea ceremony before talking to the group of largely billionaires about how important it is that they, as individuals, resist being consumed by work at the expense of time with their families: “Time is not money,” he told them. “Time is life, time is love.”

Back at his Plum Village monastery, near Bordeaux, Thay says of his trip: “In all the visits, I told them they have to conduct business in such a way that happiness should be possible for everyone in the company. What is the use of having more money if you suffer more? They also should understand that if they have a good aspiration, they become happier because helping society to change gives life a meaning.”

The trip was just the beginning, he adds. “I think we planted a number of seeds and it will take time for the seeds to mature,” he says. “If they begin to practise mindfulness, they’ll experience joy, happiness, transformation, and they can fix for themselves another kind of aspiration. Fame and power and money cannot really bring true happiness compared to when you have a way of life that can take care of your body and your feelings.”

http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/thich-nhat-hanh-mindfulness-google-tech (c) Guardian News & Media Ltd

Phone 0418 864 162 for information about Mindfulness in Business. Talking to groups is what I do best. A mindful business is happier, safer and more productive! Mindfully Yours with Love & Respect ~ John

Positive Psychology

Perspective

In simple terms, positive psychology focuses on what’s working rather than on what’s not working; it asks what’s right rather than what’s wrong; the emphasis is on utilising strengths instead of fixing weaknesses (although please note; positive psychology doesn’t ignore faults, weaknesses and limitations. It accepts that we all have these but that as much as possible, our efforts and energies should be mostly, on using what we’re already good at).

We can sum up the core components of positive psychology that contribute to happiness and success in the following acronym. We believe that achieving happiness requires nothing more than practicing a few simple disciplines each and every day and to practice these disciplines we need to constantly make the right choices. So, next time you’re making a choice remember that “choose” is not just a philosophy of taking responsibility but also, a mnemonic that stands for:
C = Clarity
Clarity refers to your goals, direction and purpose in life. Happy people set goals that are much more clearly defined. They more actively and effectively determine clear and specific plans to ensure these goals become reality. So, set aside some time to clarify your life plan as soon as possible because if you don’t do it, no one else will do it for you!
H = Healthy Living
Healthy living is about activity and exercise, diet and nutrition and sleep. Health forms a crucial part of the foundation to happiness. It’s hard to be happy if you’re literally sick and tired all the time. So, although you don’t have to turn vegan and/or run marathons, do whatever you can to be healthy (by eating well, exercising and ensuring you gain adequate sleep and rest) and you’ll also boost your chances of being happy.
O = Optimism
Optimism refers to positive but realistic thinking. There’s no doubt that happy people think about themselves, others and the world around them differently. Among other things, they search for more positives although they also face up to cold, hard realities in a constructive way. The good news is that this is something you can learn to do so start practicing now – look around you for what’s good and look at what you can actively do to fix what’s not so good.
O = Others
When we consider others, we are considering the key relationships in your life. Research strongly indicates that happy people have both more and better quality relationships. Happiness is not a solo sport; it’s a team effort. Make sure you devote time to developing and fostering your key relationships because other people matter and compassion, thoughtfulness, caring and consideration of others are key to real and meaningful happiness.
S = Strengths
The “S” for strengths represents your core qualities and attributes. Rather than spending all their time trying to “fix” their “weaknesses”, happy people spend more time identifying and utilising their strengths. So quite simply, stop asking “what’s wrong and how can I fix it” quite so often and start asking “what’s right and how can I do more of it”. Find out what you’re good at (your inner attributes and positive qualities) and do it as much as possible in as many ways as possible.
E = Enjoy the moment
Finally, enjoying the moment is about living in and appreciating the present. The past is history, tomorrow’s a mystery, and today’s a gift – that’s why they call it “the present”. Live in the moment and enjoy life more; learn from the past but look to the future and ask, “What can I do now?” Practice appreciation and gratitude by focusing more on what you have and less on what you don’t have.

So there it is, a brief overview of positive psychology or what is sometimes referred to as the science of happiness. If there were one message I’d like you to walk away with it would be that happiness is very much achievable! No matter who you are and what you do, no matter what your background or your current context, you can all learn to live lives with more happiness. We can all become happier. We can’t change the past and we can’t control all that happens to us but we can CHOOSE how we respond to what happens and as a result, we can (at least partially) determine our future!

Many Thanks to Dr Tim Sharp for this post. (The Happiness Institute)
Love, Laughter & Be Mindful Always! ~ John

Mindful Actions

 

Mindful Actions

My FREE eStory ‘Meds to Mindfulness’ is now available by sending an e-mail to: bemindful@outlook.com.au Be inspired by my story. It begins in 1982 when I died in a truck smash and was revived. Fifteen years of ups and downs and mental suffering followed. Medications and even shock treatment was given, none of which had any lasting benefits. Read how I became awake in 1997 and stepped from the darkness into the light. Follow my journey as childhood dreams came true and I started living with purpose and passion. Learn how I started my mindfulness practice in 2009 and now live in a state of enlightenment and peace. Only 20-30 minutes reading time…

Mindful Actions is my upcoming book which will take you on a journey exploring and practising the many aspects of mindfulness, without meditation. Mindful Actions is designed to take 3-6 months to read; five minutes at a time every 3-7 days. It will be a roadmap to practising mindful awareness and will help guide you through the process of self discovery, waking up and connecting fully with yourself and all those around you!

Mindful Actions is being published by Balboa Press (Division of Hay House) and will be available in November, 2014 at a very reasonable price. If you would like to be informed when it is ready, send an e-mail to: bemindful@outlook.com.au

Stay Positive. Stay Present. Stay Strong. Stay Smiling. Love, Laughter & Be Mindful Always! ~ John

Mindful May

Mindful ActionI will be sharing different aspects of Mindfulness daily throughout May. I will also be sharing thoughts and appropriate quotes, both from myself and other Mindfulness experts. My goal is to raise awareness of the power in being mindful, especially for those who are suffering mentally. Please feel welcome to suggest a ‘Mindful Action’ based on one of the following aspects.
  • Happiness
  • Be Mindful
  • You are Not Your Thoughts!
  • Open Mind
  • Beliefs
  • Awareness
  • Practice
  • Notice with Curiosity
  • Attention
  • Judgements
  • Letting Go
  • Acceptance
  • Focus on Values
  • Commitment
  • Action
  • Listening
  • Forgiveness
  • Gratitude
  • Attitude
  • Connect
  • Dream
  • Purpose
  • Awake
  • Peace & Hope
  • Love & Kindness
  • Relationship
  • One Love

At the end of May, I will be evaluating what everyone has to share and turning that into an eBook called Mindful Actions. I am hoping the eBook will be ready by July.

4,500 have joined Mindfulness Day. Why not join and invite a friend!

Much Love, Many Thanks & Mindfully Yours – John

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Wow! What an excellent response to Mindfulness Day. Thank you!

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. Mindfulness is the best hope for the world to overcome mental suffering and is part of all therapies used in treating ‘mental illness’ today. The 1st Sunday in May is Mindfulness Day and is also the launch of ‘Mindful May’. Winter follows May in Australia which is the prime time for depression & suicide. It is Free to attend this Awesome Awareness Event. If we work together, maybe this could go global. Please Share!

Sunday 4th May is the launch of Mindful May and the first Mindful Action on that day is to spend time with your best friend and talk about the benefits of mindfulness. What about posting a selfie with your mindful comment on the event wall?

I will post a Mindful Action daily until the 31st May. That’s 27 days of practising mindfulness. This is where I need your help. I do ok on my own but together, we can make a huge difference! Please e-mail your suggestions. bemindful@outlook.com.au

Jump on board! It’s gunna be a great ride!

Love & Laughter Always! – John

Thank you

Mindfulness Day

In Your Mind

 

A recent article in the local newspaper.

It’s International Day of Happiness on 20th March, 2014. When you practice Mindfulness, happiness becomes an automatic choice. That is one of the reasons I have launched an awareness event on facebook called Mindfulness Day.

About Mindfulness

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. Mindfulness is the best hope for the world to overcome mental suffering and is part of all therapies used in treating ‘mental illness’ today.

About Mindfulness Day

The 1st Sunday in May is Mindfulness Day and is also the launch of ‘Mindful May‘ which ends 31st May, 2014. Following May are the 3 months of winter in Australia which is the prime time for depression & suicide. It is Free to attend this Awesome Awareness Event. Send me an e-mail  to receive my Free eStory ‘Meds to Mindfulness‘. You will be Inspired to then tell your story! Please feel welcome to our online awareness event; Mindfulness Day 4th May, 2014.

Mental Promise

This is part of my mental health promise to help people go from meds to mindfulness. Please support & help me to help others…help others! Love & Gratitude Always! – John

Birds Eye View

Birds Eye View

This blog written by Christine Fowle.

Imagine you were a bird. Perched in a tree, peering through your bird-eyes at the world. You have no cultural identification nor ever think of your past or entertain any inclinations to plan a future. The vast landscape requires no labels. Tall branches provide comfort and shelter. Nature provides nourishment. There is no good or bad, only varying sensations. Sunlight, wind, rain, snow — terrestrial elements unfolding naturally without judgment; only instinct guiding your way. Your bird-self maintains no sense of possession over the little-bitty birds that have long since fled the nest, nor ownership of the tree you’re perched in. Upon hearing a melodic trail of twitterings from the neighbouring branch, a bubbling up arises inside you. Unable to contain yourself for even a moment longer your wings open. Feeling the soft breeze upon them you slowly lean into it, diving into the warm current.

Have you ever touched the moment?

Would you like to try?

Close your eyes. Take three deep breaths. Upon opening your eyes, slowly scan the room, taking in as many details as you can, noticing colours, textures, shapes and sounds. There is no need to label them. Simply notice. Now, when you are done, look at your hand, extend your index finger and touch the tip of your nose.

This is mindfulness.

Mindfulness is the process by which momentary engagement is developed. It’s not a technique to bestow rapture or bliss but it is a method of discovering peace. Our six sense doors (sight, smell, sound, taste, touch, and thought) are the means by which we experience the world. The first of the five senses are merely the methods by which the brain receives data. It is the mind that however, that evaluates and tosses the tinted cloth over the experience labelling it as something.

Mindfulness is the constant focus and re-focusing — moment to moment to moment, on the object of our awareness. If listening, we focus on listening; if putting on shoes, we focus on putting on our shoes. This means directing full awareness upon the object of attention: the feeling of the sock on the foot, the sound made sliding the foot into the shoe, the pliancy of the fabric, the sensation of the toe slipping along the bottom…

Momentary engagement is not a misnomer. As science has taught us, all objects in the universe are bundles of energy vibrating at varying frequencies. Nothing is static. From moment to moment to moment everything in our world is changing. Mindfulness swings opens the gate of focused awareness supporting our engagement. It helps us to be more detailed employees, better friends and attentive parents. Developing this skill weaves a translucent thread of lucidity throughout the fabric of our existence. But most importantly, it opens the doors to be the fullest expression of ourselves, inviting in authentic aspects of our being that we haven’t connected with in a very long time.

The steps for developing mindfulness are deceptively simple. Execution however, does not come without its complications. The challenge lies within the realm of our thoughts, the single most distracting element to our experience of the current moment. We are forever pulled into reflections of the past, dreams of the future and into the application of those colourful tags of judgment.

The process can be misleading, as it is not the silencing of our thoughts that opens the door to engagement. It is momentary engagement that is the key to silencing our thoughts. By focusing intently upon the task at hand there is no room for discursive thinking to populate the quiet space in our mind. Judgment ceases and for the moment, we can just be.

Mindfulness is not a permanent state of awareness. It is an ongoing process that develops the richness of our experience because of our ability to be within the frame of the current moment without our thoughts getting in the way. It is a skill that can be practiced every second of every day — and just like meditation, willnot be developed simply by reading about it.

Once we have touched the moment, even if only briefly, it is an experience worth savoring. Perhaps at first, it is only for fractions of a second, but with practice this grows into minutes, eventually enriching every aspect of our life-experience. Upon hearing a melodic trail of twitterings, a bubbling up arises inside you. Unable to contain yourself for even a moment longer your wings open. Feeling the soft breeze upon them you slowly lean into it, diving into the warm current.

This blog written by Christine Fowle. Additional essays may be found on her website, Searching For OM. Love & Laughter Always! – John