Welcome to Mindful Monday! I have found that 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. Each week I try to self-discover new things about myself.
Last week, I talked about mindfulness practices for children and was pleasantly surprised from the comments at how many of us adults felt like we would benefit from our own glitter mind jars. That got me to thinking even more about getting in touch with my own feelings and how that pertains to my writing.
My good friend Dorne, from Write Dorne, wrote an excellent article about getting in touch with your inner child when you write. It is a great read.
Dorne says, “Kids look at things with a freshness and innocence. Why can’t we look at things in a similar way?”
What an excellent point, I thought. On Friday, I found myself stuck at a particular spot in the writing of my book. It was my first snag, and I was really struggling with where I wanted to go in the story. I wanted to move forward, but I couldn’t because I was thinking like an adult.
I tried to meditate, but that did not work. I just could not calm down my thoughts. I was quite frustrated and finally gave it up for the day. I decided that I needed a break from writing.
That night, I lay there calming my thoughts and breathing slowly. I started to relax, and I told myself that I needed to think like a child would. I knew if I could do that I would solve my writing dilemma.
I began to dream. My subconscious mind dealt with my story line. The next morning, I jumped up and ran into my creative room to write down the next chapter in my story. I had figured it out.
Sometimes you just have to let go and see things at a child’s level. When we do that, we see things with fresh sight. It makes a huge difference in our perspective. Meanings become clearer. The fog clears.
(Click on the image to enlarge it, or visit the article on the Huff Post) Image courtesy of The Huff Post.
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 my life.
What are your mindful goals for this week? I am going to slow down and pace myself more in my writing and my eating. How about you?
Thank you for all the fabulous blog posts I am seeing in our WordPress community about mindfulness. It is a joy to see so many of you sharing your mindful goals. Thank you for enriching my life with your experiences, and thank you so much for joining me in my pursuit of becoming more mindful. I appreciate your support!
Image credit: Get Healthy U
This quote is from the Get Healthy U website:
“Do you Namaste? And do you really even know what Namaste means? Have you heard your yoga teacher say it at the end of class and either ignored it or wondered what the heck it means? There are so many different definitions for this powerful Sanskrit word. Here are several:
- I bow to you.
- I am a reflection of your divine light.
- I salute all that is divine within you.
- The spirit in me honors the spirit in you.
- The light in me honors the light in you.
- May the divine in me honor the divine in you.”
I wish much peace and joy to everyone this week. Namaste.