Welcome to Mindful Monday! Each week I try to examine 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. Come and join me on my journey. You never know what you will learn about yourself.
Happy Labor Day everyone! I have a special treat for you. I want to introduce you to my friend, Linda and her fun blog, Nutsrok. If you are ever in need of a good laugh or looking for stories that will warm heart (and make you laugh) then you want to visit Linda. Mindful laughter flows from her words and you will feel right at home!
Guest Author, Linda
“Now that I’m done with the bothersome business of workday world, I am free to pursue my passion, capturing the stories I’ve loved all my life. The ones you’ll read on my blog all have a kernel of truth, perhaps mixed in with a healthy serving of imagination, embroidery, and if necessary to make a point, outright confabulation. I’ve preyed shamelessly on my family, living and dead, friends, neighbors, and acquaintances, often changing the names to protect the innocent and not so innocent. My mother illustrates my blog. I come from a rollicking family of nuts, hence the name of the blog Nutsrok Enjoy.”
It’s been my rare pleasure to spend most of the summer in Haddonfield, New Jersey with my daughter and her family this summer anticipating and celebrating the birth of her second child.
Without giving it a second thought, the little one kicked me out of the guest-room, accommodating it for her personal use. Fortunately, dear friends living just a couple of blocks away had mercy and took me in, giving me the best of both worlds, family, and friends. Hopefully, I haven’t worn my welcome out either place.
Linda missing her Mom – spending time with her friend, Jean
The cool morning and evening walks have been a perfect time to reflect on the joy of family and friends, here and at home. My friend took me on several lovely outings, sharing the wonderful things Haddonfield has to offer, from local farmer’s markets to craft fairs.
A summer street fair in Collinswood
I’ve visited with lovely dogs and children taking their responsible people for walks, gathered seed from local flowers, and gathered seeds from lots of flowers I’ll plant at home and pass on to my friends and perhaps even grandchildren someday.
It’s been a wonderful summer. It wouldn’t trade the memories for anything, especially the time with my grandchildren.
With baby Leda in the garden
I hope I’ve planted some seeds of family memories that will bloom for years. I anticipate a joyous welcome on my return home from my husband and American Eskimo Dog Buzzy where they’ve been holding the fort down alone.
Linda and her wonderful sense of humor!
Thank you, Linda, for sharing your wonderful memories of the fabulous summer you spent with family and friends.
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That brings us to laughter, the best medicine there is! We have all heard for years that laughter is good for your heart and your soul.
Did you ever think about how when you laugh you are living in that wonderful glorious moment? You have no thoughts of the past or the future. Instead, you just live in the present experiencing the laughter. When you laugh, you are not thinking. There is only the sound of your laughter resonating in your soul. It is at that moment your laughter becomes a meditation.
Laughter lets you become a child again experiencing the spontaneity of the moment. Laughter is like a soothing balm to your being, filling you with immediate joy.
How many times a day do you laugh?
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This week, I am going to dedicate more time to experiencing the simple act of laughter. I need a cleansing and a healing at the same time. I have let too much stress dominate my attitude this week. This house selling business is really stressful! Here’s to letting go of the stress and finding peace in the little things once again.
Please join me in experiencing laughter!
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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.
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. Please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will be happy to feature you on a guest post.
Thanks for visiting me today. I wish you all peace and joy in the week ahead.