Life Choices

Making Choices

How do we make choices? Are major decisions in life planned out logically with lists of pros and cons, the cost and possible outcomes? Or do we take the opposite approach and simply go with the flow, trusting the universe to bring us opportunities and experiences that will shape and guide our life? Perhaps both approaches are valid and which one we use may depend on the nature of the choice.
What has served many people well is to listen to their body and what it tells them about a particular choice. Others simply follow their gut as to what feels right. What would happen if you used mindfulness and simply meditated? Trusting Source to guide you to the right decision? Opening your mind to new ideas by questioning old belief patterns can potentially reveal a new choice. The mindful practice of pausing your thoughts and connecting with Source can result in choices more wonderful than you could ever have imagined. Allowing the universe to guide you can result in miraculous choices that open up a whole new world of possibilities. Be Mindful… Pause… Connect!
Mindful Love & Practice Always! ~ John Shearer

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What Is Your Default Mode?

Do you spend much time focusing on the past or the future? We know that the ideal is to live in the present moment. However, many of us find it a challenge to do so consistently. What is your default time frame? If you tend to dwell on past actions or tend to think about things that have happened in the past, then the past is probably your default time frame. On the other hand, if you are worrying or constantly planning, looking ahead and focusing on what you have to do next, then you are probably future oriented.
Recognising your default mode is the first step to peace of mind. The next step is to resolve to remain as often as possible in the present moment. It takes practice, lots of practice! Savour each moment by allowing your attention to linger on every task, no matter how small or simple. Make your mindful practice a habit and live your life consciously with purpose. Don’t fall into the trap of multi-tasking, just do one thing at a time. You will soon find that you are more productive, happier and fulfilled when you are living in the present moment. Be Mindful… Pause… Connect!


Do You Get Frustrated?

Do you ever get frustrated with your life? I know I do! Whenever I get into this kind of mindset, I pause my mind and switch to feelings of gratitude. I think of the billions of people throughout the world who have so much less than me. They are most often happier and more fulfilled than many in our culture. When we switch to an attitude of gratitude, we find so many amazing things in our lives to be thankful for. We come to realise just how much control we have over our own lives.
Instead of allowing yourself to feel like a victim of the system or your upbringing, focus on what a powerful creator you are. A mindful pause connects you to the universe, which is poised to provide everything you desire. Don’t fall into the trap of being too humble or undeserving to get what you desire. Have the courage to state your desire precisely to the universe. The clearer you are on what you want to manifest, the more likely you will attract it into your life. You deserve to have the life you desire, so be sure that your dream is clear and shared faithfully with Source. Be Mindful… Pause… Connect!

Mindful Love & Light Always! – John
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The Meaning Of Life

What is the meaning of life and where do we find it? We are all searching for meaning and desiring to find the truth. Is the truth even possible to our limited intelligence? In our desire to find the truth, we often look to religions or other organisations that profess to have the answers. However attractive this kind of approach may be, it doesn’t address our own unique perspective and path.
Ultimately only you can determine what is true for you. When you search deeply and trust your own knowing, that knowing is so much deeper and more authentic than following someone else’s theories. Your truth is yours, and your path is yours. The more you trust your own inner knowing and connection to divine wisdom and intelligence, the sooner you will discover yourself and your true purpose in life. Be Mindful… Pause… Connect!
Mindful Love & Light Always! – John Shearer MM

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What Are You Doing?

What are you doing to pursue your biggest dreams in life? Have you been able to create something that is making a difference in the world? Something that will become your legacy? It could be a physical thing that you helped create or people you have touched with your wisdom. It could simply be the knowledge that you have had a positive influence on the lives of family and friends.

We are all in the process of creating our dreams or encouraging others to pursue their dreams. Everything that is of any consequence in life started out as a vision or a dream. Where are you in the process of your dreaming? It is never too late to pursue your biggest dreams and inspire others to pursue theirs. Be Mindful… Pause… Connect!

Mindful Love & Light Always! – John Shearer MM

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Mindful Parenting Skills Training

What? 4 Week Certificate Course for parents of children aged 0 to 16

Where? Global Online Training or Local venue TBA

When? Middle of each School Term

How? 4x1hr sessions delivered weekly via Zoom Video Conferencing or In Person locally.

Why Me? #Accredited Mindfulness Master with over 9,000 hours study into all aspects of mindfulness. #Successfully raised 4 children who are all champions in their fields. #Six years coaching teens from 7 different High Schools in my Cue Sport Centre in Wagga Wagga NSW. #Ten years mentoring youth in Juvenile Justice.

Cost? AU$300 (Approx US$182; CAD$258; GBP147; EUR168) One-to-One or Groups up to 12 maximum (eg: AU$50 each in group of 6 AU$25 each in group of 12)

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Mindfully Yours with Love & Respect Always! – John Shearer MM

Mindfulness Day

Mindfulness Day 2020

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It is always my hope that the people who are touched by my ripple, then create a ripple of their own. That way, we can change the world, one person at a time!

Mindfulness Day was first held on Sunday 4th May, 2014. It turned out to be Star Wars Day! May the fourth be with you! I invited Australians with mental suffering to the online facebook event and 4,700 people attended. It was a life changing event, not only for me, but for the hundreds of lives that were transformed by what I wrote.
What I did write was 27 daily blogs for what I called Mindful May. It became my first book Mindful Actions which was launched on World Mental Health Day. (10/10/2014)
This year, I will be giving away a pdf of my book and hosting a series of zoom get-togethers from Mindfulness Day, May 3rd to the following Sunday May 10th. (Mothers Day) The live zoom conferences will be held at 9am Sydney Australia Time AEST (UTC +10) for Aust/NZ/USA/Canada and 7pm AEST (UTC +10) for WAust/UK/Europe. Time Converter.
The main theme will be Mindful Practice, with a little extra focus on Mindful Parenting. I am also launching my newest creation R.A.G. Therapy. RAG is a mindfulness based therapy aimed at people in recovery. There really is no set agenda. Why not invite a friend and join us for a session or two? Share your mindful journey, what mindfulness means to you or just listen to learn more about the Mindful Movement! Mindfulness mentors, coaches, teachers and conscious leaders from around the globe are also invited.

8 Day Online Event: Mindfulness Day 2020
Sunday 3rd May through to Sunday 10th May

Looking forward to meeting you! Be Mindful… Pause… Connect!
Mindfully Yours with Love & Awareness Always! – John Shearer MM
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New Workshop for 2020

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Mindfulness Mentoring

Mindful Insights Feedback

I get heaps of positive feedback from people who subscribe to my 52 week mentoring service called Mindful Insights. Below is a recent example.

Hi John
Regarding Mindful Insight week 41, you wanted to know my definition of mindful practice. My definition of mindful practice is to let your heart, mind and spirit be constantly open, accepting life in a mindful way and being able to silence yourself when necessary. I use mindful practice every day. Whenever my mind starts to wonder, I say a little prayer and then return back to the present. I don’t take my phone anymore with me when I leave the house for shopping or out catching up with friends. If I have visitors, my phone is on silent in my bedroom so I can be present with my guests.
The first thing I do every morning is be grateful for being alive and healthy, grateful for all I have and grateful my family is good. Before I hop into the shower, I always take a look outside my back window and look at nature. It always puts a smile on my face, seeing the weather, the birds and the large dam that I back onto. Rainy days don’t make me sad, I actually love them because it brings everything to life. I water my vegetable garden before I go to work, it gives me a sense of peace watching my vegetables grow daily. In summer, I never wear foot wear in my front or back yard, as I love to feel the grass under my feet.
I feel a lot calmer in myself. I appreciate all nature now, I even take out spiders from the house and place them in the grass or garden these days. I have even converted my husband into doing this. Driving to and from work, it is an hour drive each way, I am present in the way that I either appreciate the sun shining through the car window or I appreciate the rain landing on my front window. Whenever it is raining, I always have a tendency to walk in the rain to feel the drops onto my skin, everyone thinks I am mad but I love the feel of being alive.
I am mindful when I cook as I now do it with patience and love. I always do my cleaning with pleasure. I do love cleaning though. And I make sure when entertaining that I am 100% present and enjoy and give out as much love and presence as I can. I now no longer judge people like I used to and being mindful allows me to respond rather than react. I always make sure when I am at the supermarket, that I go to a checkout where there is a person at the register. I always answer them if they ask how I am and I always ask them how they are and I listen to their answer.
Whenever I went swimming, I did lots overseas, I felt the cold water as I slowly walked into the ocean, noticing the saltiness on my skin as I dried in the sun. I sat there, watching the families around me playing in the ocean, noticing the warmth on my skin, the noise around me and the smell of the ocean. I do tend to stop lately, pause and soak up all the atmosphere around me when I am out and about.
I am so grateful for this course as I know I am now a completely different person and everyone can see the big change in me.
Kind Regards – Carmen

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  • Tune into the deep intuitive wisdom that lies within you
  • Embrace new and exciting change in an empowering way
  • Overcome the false beliefs that people and society have embedded in you
  • Awaken to the power of merging the brain and the heart to make decisions that are true and meaningful
  • Build positive and loving relationships
  • Solve existing problems in your relationships
  • Learn mindfulness mentoring skills to help others
  • Create pathways to a life of happiness and abundance
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True Mindfulness

True mind·ful·ness is a mental state achieved by focusing our awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment. True mindfulness is characterised mainly by acceptance of our thoughts and feelings without judging whether they are right or wrong. True mindfulness focuses our mind on what is being sensed moment-by-moment, rather than ruminating on the past or the future. The ‘ful’ in mindfulness means being fully present.

My all time favourite definition is from 2009 when I trained to be an ACT Therapist with Dr Russ Harris [writer of The Happiness Trap (which I highly recommend)]:

“Mindfulness is a transformative mental state of awareness which involves focusing our attention with flexibility, openness, and curiosity.”

This simple definition tells us three important things:

  1. mindfulness is a process of awareness, not thinking. It involves paying attention to our experience in this moment as opposed to being caught up in thoughts. In a mindful state, we can let difficult thoughts and feelings freely flow through us, without getting all caught up in them or pushed around by them, and without getting into a struggle with them.
  2. mindfulness involves a particular attitude: one of openness and curiosity. Even if our experience in this moment is difficult, painful or unpleasant, we can be open to and curious about it instead of running from, fighting with or trying to avoid it. [eg: with alcohol or drugs (legal or illegal)]
  3. mindfulness involves flexibility of attention: the ability to consciously direct, broaden or focus attention on different aspects of experience. We can use mindfulness to ‘wake up,’ connect with ourselves and appreciate the fullness of each moment of life. We can use it to improve our self-knowledge – to learn more about how we feel, think and react. We can use it to connect deeply and intimately with the people we care about, including ourselves. And we can use it to consciously influence our own behaviour and increase our range of responses to the world we inhabit. It is the actions of living consciously – a profound way to enhance psychological resilience and increase life satisfaction.

Why not make up your own definition of mindfulness? My definition changes all the time, yours will too! Here is a couple of examples: Mindfulness is the defused, accepting, non-judgemental contact with the here and now. Mindful practice is pausing with awareness throughout the day and connecting to life and beyond with calm presence. Being mindful helps us to reflect on the mind from a different perspective, to make choice and change possible. Put simply, mindfulness is bringing awareness to the present moment with kindness!

Get started with a true mindful practice. Several times a day is best, especially when you notice that your mind is far away or notice your inner voice being negative or unhelpful. It’s not something that you make time for, it only takes a few seconds to Be Mindful… Pause… and Connect!

Yours in Awareness Always! – John Shearer MM