Mindful Monday–Live Within Each Moment

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.

Mindful Monday

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.


Image credit: Gratitude Habitat.com)

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.

Self care

(Image credit: Seek Your Course)

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.

Gratitude Sunday

Peace and Joy to everyone this week,


43 thoughts on “Mindful Monday–Live Within Each Moment”

  1. I just love your ‘Mindful Monday’ idea! I also, think the statue in your photo is Divine, and I mean that both ways. It’s very peaceful looking and instills that in me to look at it.


  2. With so many things demanding our attention on a daily basis, it is often hard to remember to practice being mindful. I like that you are working on being mindful in a different aspect each week. By doing that, you will be making positive life-style changes. In the above comment you said you have too much drive and determination, but that is exactly what it takes to live within the moment.

  3. Beautiful! Thanks for the reminder of Mindful Monday.As a chronic planner I almost can’t exist without knowing what to expect each day. I’m into my 4th week of retirement and not having a schedule is bizarre. But I am dealing with it! 😉

    • I totally understand Terri. I am the same way. I have scheduled events on my blog and those seem to help ground me. I just need to realize that I do not have to hurry through everything just like it was at work. Slow and steady always wins. 🙂

  4. Very interesting post, Colleen. I’ve just written a similar post which I am about to publish. I’m linking it back to your post so hopefully the Pingback will work.

    You’ve touched on the lifes of many writers here. I can honestly say that too often I have eaten meals quickly just to get back to the computer, which then results in indigestion, heartburn and the likes. This also had an affect on my sleeping pattern, often waking up with heartburn. I’ve also learnt to relax away form the computer in the evenings because, if I didn’t, then I found it hard to get to sleep when just coming away from the computer screen.

    I look forward to reading and following what else you will be posting on Mindful Mondays.

    • Hugh, you are so true here. I just need to slow down, take my time, enjoy the moment, and then get it done. I experience much of the same issues. The Kindle does not seem to bother me through. I read for at least an hour to two hours before bed each night. No television. That gave me a fragmented sleep. I expect too much of myself. Like my Ron said, this is supposed to be fun! LOL! We will just support each other and start learning to enjoy the journey. 🙂

      • Ron is so right. This is suppose to be fun and should not be stressful at all. I certainly came here to WordPress to enjoy writing and reading, but that all got a little bit too much for me recently, hence my blog diet.

        Every now and again we wander off the right path not knowing it, Colleen, but then we do something about it, often with the support of others, and pick ourselves up, make changes, and start enjoying ourselves again.

  5. I am working hard to live within the moment. I have to remind myself that regardless of what the moment conatins, it is only one moment. I’m trying to stop, breathe and just be.

  6. Great thought. In my case it’s not so much the writing as the rest of the things I have to do that I sometimes tire myself with. Pacing oneself is an art…Thanks for the inspiration

  7. From time to time we all should take a break and do what we do with more consciousness. That’s what Eckhart Tolle teaches. Dedicate your whole attention to one thing at a time. When you are eating, you are eating, when you are walking, you are walking. And even when we want to talk we should intterupt walking or whatever.

  8. So true what you say Colleen. We are so often in a rush to complete what we are doing that we forget to enjoy the moment.
    And thank you for telling others about my Grtaitude Project.


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