23 Impressive Sights to Mindfully Experience

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I recently took a weekend trip to Washington, D.C. with my newfound dedication to living mindfully. It was, without a doubt, one of the most enjoyable vacations of my life, and I credit that to the fact that I remained focused on staying in the moment at all times. My mind was blown by the number of things I had never noticed about the city before. I took immense pleasure from simply sitting on a bench that overlooked the Potomac River. I made a conscious effort to experience each moment for what it had to offer, without looking toward the future and what was next on our itinerary.

The satisfaction we can gain by mindfully approaching a wide variety of sense-stimulating destinations can significantly enhance and enrich our life experiences. Here are some excellent places to test your ability to live mindfully:

1. New York’s Central Park in the fall

2. The Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC

3. The view from the Eiffel Tower at night










4. Lucy the Elephant










5. Dachau Concentration Camp

6. Lavender Fields in France at sunset









7. Portland’s Japanese Garden










8. Machu Piccu

9. Times Square on New Year’s Eve

10. The view of Bora Bora from the Thalasso Spa Resort











11. The frozen waterfalls in Pamukkale, Turkey











12. Longwood Gardens at Christmastime

13. A redwood tree in California










14. Mardis Gras

15. Ka Tao beach, Thailand











16. Miami Beach

17. Yellowstone National Park in the winter

18. The Black Forest










19. The tomb of Christopher Columbus in Seville, Spain

20. Niagara Falls











21. The Met

22. One World Trade Center

23. The Statue of Liberty













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    • Laurie

      What strikes me the most when I am still, calm, and just taking in things with mindful purpose is the amount of times people ask me if I am OK. Maybe it is because I am just two months past a major surgery, but it made me think deeply at how it might be because this is so different for me. It is still difficult for me to roll with it all and not think ahead to what is next!

      I have checked off a few of the places listed and know I just won’t be able to check them all off the list, but a trip to see Lucy would be GREAT!

      • Adrienne McGuire

        I am also OFTEN asked if I am okay when I am quiet and taking things in. Also, sometimes people think I am upset about something or that I am trying to ignore them.
        I am definitely guilty of asking you if you were ok several times over the weekend, but I can assure that from me, it was 100% about the surgery and not about you being quiet in general, and I am sooo glad that you were also mindfully enjoying the trip!!

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