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.
Last week, I worked on “mindful-eating.” I slowed down and took my time, chewing and savoring my food. I did try to sit at the table more, and not eat in my creative room while I was blogging. I would say for the most part, my week was successful. I found out that I could eat my salad with chopsticks, which was an enjoyable experience, and it helped me to slow down my eating.
This week my focus is going to be about dealing “within the moment.” I am writing my first book . 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. When I talk about dreams, I am not kidding you. I do some of my best writing subconsciously. It is not unusual for me to mull over plots, characters, scenes, all within my dreams. However, this is tiring and I need boundaries. I must work with my creativity – not against it.
Today, I practiced taking deep breaths and slowing myself down. I worked on some good old-fashioned brain storming and wrote down many new ideas. I realized that there is no time constraints on my writing. I can take my time and move forward slowly. Just because I have an unproductive day does not mean that I cannot write, instead it is a signal to slow down and live in the current moment knowing that this time will pass, and my creativity will return.
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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 a moment in time 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 main objective here is to give and get support to become more mindful of the things I take for granted in life.
Gratitude and mindfulness go hand, in hand, so I would like to make this post part of Colline’s Gratitude Project. Click here to learn more about Colline’s blog.
Peace and Joy to everyone this week,