A little over a year ago, I decided to pick up coins whenever I found them. Quarters, nickels, dimes and—yes—even pennies. I wanted to practice mindfulness and planned to use the coins as reminders of the moment. In the process of doing this, I discovered five benefits:
1. Mindfulness Wake Up
Every time I saw a coin, it was a reminder to “wake up;” an invitation to mindfulness. I would stop, breathe, look at the sky, appreciate the moment. Rather than being seen as “just coins,” they became tokens of something bigger.
2. A Reminder of the Divine
U.S. coins include the stamp “In God We Trust.” People hold the idea of God in different ways. For me, the phrase reminds me that Spirit is ever-present. As the Bhagavad Gita says, “seeing all life as my manifestation, they are never separated from me.” Pausing as I picked up coins, I would think of that phrase, and use it to reconnect to that great majesty.