Welcome to Mindful Monday! Each week I try to self-discover new or sometimes old things about myself. 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, as I attempt to live in the present.
Each morning when I rise, the first thing I do is to make my bed. I know that sounds old-fashioned. I started this ritual years ago as a child (of course I had to back then) and continued it into my adult life. I still do it because it brings me peace. If I do nothing else that day, I figure I have at least made my bed! It has become part of my morning ritual and is a part of starting each day. You see I have a plan…
I decided back in January this would be my year of mindfulness. Every morning I want to look at each day mindfully. My goal was to be more productive and happy. Looking at myself mindfully requires I acknowledge to myself that I want to feel good. My choices are all my own. I am my own master.
Here are my five top things to do each morning that help me reach my daily goals. I think they will work for you too!
1. Concentrate on your breathing and continue practicing meditation.
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When I do deep breathing in the morning (after I have made my bed) I have made the conscious choice to begin my day with a sense of tranquility. I try to just listen to the quietness of the house and enjoy the solitude. The breathing grounds me for whatever the day brings.
2. Contemplate your appreciation for life.
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Find the courage to reflect on what you are the most thankful for in your life. I have found that when I think about gratitude I am able to cope with the things that life throws my way with a better attitude because I realize what I already have. Those little things that pop up as irritations never get a chance to become anything larger than what they are – little things.
3. Decide what you want to carry out today.
While you are experiencing the solitude of the morning think about a few things that you want to accomplish that day. Choose to make those items a priority. Whenever I set goals for myself, I find that I am more productive because I decided those things needed to be dealt with firsthand. I get a real sense of accomplishment when I can cross those items off my daily to-do list.
4. Hydrate and stretch your body.
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Drink some water after you have awakened each day. Hydrate your parched body after a long night of fasting. You will feel better during the day with fewer headaches as the water cleanses your body of the accumulation of toxins. An added benefit from drinking water throughout your day is you will not feel as hungry. That helps with weight loss.
Stretch your body in whatever way works the best for you. I like to walk first thing each morning with my two dogs, Sugar and Spice. Once their walk is complete I start out on my two-mile walk. This has been the best remedy for me. I feel energized and my mood improves with the change of scenery.
5. Don’t forget to S M I L E.
I literally look at myself in the mirror as I am brushing my hair and SMILE a big old cheesy grin! I feel more positive and able to face the day after I have taken the time to laugh at myself. Guess what? Once I have that smile on my face each morning it becomes easy for me to share it with everyone I meet.
Happy Monday everyone! Have a great week!
Would you like to share your mindfulness journey with others? If you are interested in sharing your goals or aspirations, I want to highlight your journey here on Silver Threading. Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will be happy to feature you on a guest post. This is our journey into mindfulness. The more we share and learn from each other, the better our journey becomes.
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 aim here is to give and get support to become more mindful of the things I take for granted in my life.