Celebrating Mindfulness Day

If you choose a single day to be mindful this year, Wisdom Publications hopes you'll make it today, September 12th.

The publisher's inaugural Mindfulness Day is meant to raise awareness about the value and benefit mindfulness brings. The day also offers people the chance to embrace a practice they might have only heard about, or only experimented with, and then make it their own. 

In the spirit of the occasion, Wisdom has created a Mindfulness Day Facebook page to inspire people to create space in their lives for meditation. Friends are also encouraged to share how mindfulness has impacted their lives, and post their plans for celebrating the day.

How does one celebrate Mindfulness Day? Tim McNeill, president and publisher of Wisdom Publications, offers that having a mindful celebration means reconnecting with family, the community and the self in a spirit of quiet contemplation. Some of his suggestions include gathering communities to share an afternoon of meditation, or having families reconnect over a shared meal.

“The possibilities are limitless,” he says. “Commuters who ride the same bus or train can find a way to take a quiet mindful moment or two. Or, thirty."

Organizers say they hope Mindfulness Day will become  an annual event. Mindfulness Day coincides with the release of the 20th anniversary edition of the classic best seller, Mindfulness in Plain English

Originally posted 08/08/11; updated 09/12/11