Thursday, July 17, 2014
...I know I've talked about mindfulness before, in a number of contexts and in a number of places, but it is an ongoing goal, an ongoing discipline for me. It covers a lot of ground.
Being grateful for what I have.
Knowing what I need. Really need.
Taking time for spiritual needs.
Stopping to think before reacting (yes, that one's a hard one for me.)
Remembering to breathe.
Knowing what's important, and taking time for it--love, nature, creativity, reading, sharing, quiet.
Recognizing what my path is, what my work is--and isn't.
Learning to say no--and learning to say YES, to the Universe.
Realizing that just because something is a good idea doesn't mean I need to be the one to implement it.
So yes, I've kept gratitude lists like this one in my journal for many years, off and on. Some days there are several columns, if I have time! And interestingly, the more I am grateful for--small things, everyday things, even challenges--the more I find I HAVE to be grateful for.
I bought the Presence key necklace this winter, to remind me...but by the time summer's heat arrived and I couldn't stand anything around my neck, I was more aware. (I hope!)
If I walk mindfully, I hurt less. If I pay attention to what's behind my husband's words, we communicate better. If I am present to my life, really present--not thinking of yesterday, not worrying about tomorrow--I appreciate it more.
And life is indeed good.