Mindful Monday–Self Compassion

Mindful Monday

For me, being mindful 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 I want to talk about my path towards mindful compassion.

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Last week, many of us celebrated the idea behind compassion by participating in an event called, 1000 Voices for Compassion.  That got me to thinking about self compassion and how that figures into the mindful equation.

I am a student of mindfulness.  I do not have all the answers for me, or anyone else.  Rather, I learn as I go, much like the rest of us in this world.  However, I strive towards improvement.  I want to be a mindful person, so that requires me to broach the subject with myself daily.

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I try to be an observer of my own actions.  Trying to be non-judgmental of other people is a lesson learned all on its own.  No matter how hard I try, there is always something in my past, or a past experience that can color my attitude and cause me to be judgmental.  I had to recognize this aspect of my behavior and come to grips with it.  Realization is a powerful tool in the changing of behaviors.  It took a long time for me to learn to live, and let live.

That is the whole idea about mindfulness.  I try to be authentic and speak from my heart. I embrace new experiences and try to learn what I can from them.  I try to think before I speak – I try to, but sometimes I put my foot in my mouth and swallow half of my leg.  Which then, requires me to accept my behavior, learn from it and move on.

I did well last week by practicing my mindful eating habits.  It led to weight loss because I acted with mindful intention and did not eat unconsciously.  Ahhhhh,  another lesson learned.

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How are you progressing with your mindful goals this week?

Remember, 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.

Peace and Joy to everyone this week,

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27 thoughts on “Mindful Monday–Self Compassion”

  1. Amazing Mondays!! I look forward to Mondays now, thanks to your posts!
    I’ve really been more mindful lately, especially with greater gratitude as well as taking the time to savor food more… No more scarfing down dinner!!
    Thank you always for reminding me!!!

  2. My husband and I are going through a phase of getting to know each other again, since his early and unplanned retirement. We have made each other so much more aware of our mutual dealings, and I am relearning the skill of keeping that foot out of the mouth. I really enjoyed this post. Have a great week, Colleen ☺ Van

    1. Van that is fantastic. Retirement is the time we really learn much about each other. Through the years as we change it is great to find out you still love and share companionship together. 💖

  3. There are many times that people want someone to understand them but they forgot to understand themselves first.

    Self-compassion is really needed, so that they can understand themselves and tell others how they think and feel clearly so that others can understand them too.

    Thank you so much for sharing this. : )

  4. That’s such an uplifiting post. Perfect for the first day of the week. I love the quote about the miracles and the great tipps for a mindful living. Life gets so peaceful when we just pause for a moment and recall this all. Beautiful, Colleen!

  5. We often do things without thinking. Thinking back on this past week I know that I ate that piece of cake without thinking of the added weight I may put on. Mindful eating is something I need to put into practice again.

  6. Minding my thoughts and words is not in my natural way of being. Though I try, it seems I ‘forget’, Maybe meditation is the key I am missing to catch my brain up to my mouth. Before going to a gathering I often pray for the words that cross my lips to be blessed and that I listen more than I speak. It does not always happen. It is nice to hear that you were ‘rewarded’ for your mindful eating with visible results…real incentive to continue.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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