Welcome to Mindful Monday. I’m happy to see you here. I had some issues with the first blog in that I could not change the address. This is the correct blog to follow: https://amindfuljourneysite.wordpress.com/. Thanks for your patience. ❤
In my weekly feature called, “Mindful Monday,” I like to share my views on becoming more ‘mindful.’ This encompasses the act of being watchful, aware, wary, heedful, alert, careful, or attentive, in whatever area in my life I feel it applies to.
This week my focus is on living “in the moment.” It should come as no great surprise when I tell you that I expect too much of myself. I push too hard, and then tire myself out. My creativity stalls and I am just… stuck, immobile. That was my reaction to NaNoWritMo. I had my doubts, to begin with, but still felt compelled to try and push through the month.
What I found was that I was forcing myself to keep measuring up to standards I knew I could not meet. If we are always trying to measure up and not sure if we are measuring up, discouragement sets in. There seemed to be many things that discouraged me in November – the election results, NaNoWritMo, getting sick, the way my kids treat me…
The holiday season is upon us and even though I don’t celebrate Christmas, I feel everyone else’s anxiety. I thought this was the perfect time to practice a little self-love by pausing and living in the moment. I call this my empathic response to the world. Are you an empath? Go to empathtest.com to find out more about this unique ability that many introverted people possess. Take the test and explore the site. I did a post about my results you can find here. I learned quite a bit about myself that I didn’t know.
As a Buddhist, I like to embrace change. Stepping on the scale Saturday morning most certainly drove me to make a change. My weight triggered a revelation I had been pushing away for the last few months. I had given in to my cravings and once again these cravings became a source of suffering. I knew that I had to take control even though I felt the events of the world around me had pushed me to lose control. After all, I could not change many of the things that were bothering me so why was I letting them control me? It was time to let go.
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Today, I practiced taking deep breaths and slowing myself down. I collaborated on some good old-fashioned brainstorming and wrote down many new ideas. I realized there are no time constraints on my thoughts or in my writing. I took my time and moved forward slowly. I don’t have to respond to stimuli that I disagree with. Instead, it is a signal to slow down and live in the current moment knowing that this time will pass, and things will change once again. I did not push those thoughts away, instead, I looked at them and then let them go.
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My mindful plan for this week is to pace myself and live within each moment and take it for what it is… only an instant that passes quickly. I plan on taking care of me this week with compassion, love, expanding my ideas and taking a breath! I will slow down and appreciate my self-worth!
Do you find yourself in similar circumstances?
My mantra for this week is: Enjoy the pleasant and unpleasant because each will soon change.
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This is not a challenge. This is an offering of support. If you would like to join in with your own Mindful Monday goals, you can do so in the comments or on a separate post of your own making. If you want to link back to my post, please feel free to do so, however, it is not necessary. My primary objective here is to give and get support to become more mindful of the things I take for granted in life.
Thanks for stopping by to visit. What are your mindful goals for this week?