#Mindful Monday – #Healthy Living: June 2016 – The Mindfulness Connection

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Welcome to Mindful Monday – Healthy Living! Each month, on the 2nd Monday of the month, I plan on examining new or sometimes old things about myself on my journey to becoming healthier. 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.

…to all of you who have left comments and cheered me on and are interested in accompanying me on this journey to healthy living! Together, we can offer support and ideas to make this road to “healthy,” a fun journey!

My hope is that you will all visit the posts of everyone who participates each month. I will list your name and a link to your blog when you join me on this journey. Stop by and say hello! You just might make someone’s day!

If you want to read more of my posts about Mindful Monday, or Healthy Living, please click the lifestyle link found at the top menu on my blog and click on the category. A list of posts will be available.

The Mindfulness Connection


Hi, everybody! I have missed you all so much! I didn’t realize how much I needed these Mindful Monday posts until I stopped writing them. I felt a void in my life. It was as if a part of me had to be shifted exclusively to the writing of my novel which did not leave much time for self-reflection. I needed every ounce of concentration to finish that first draft. I had to live in the moment.

Now that it is done, I realize that I have to find the proper balance in my life to include a monthly chronicle of my mindfulness/healthy living journey on this life path. Sharing it with all of you makes it real, a part of me that it is held accountable to the things in life that matter to me the most.

It was quite the revelation then, that I practiced mindfulness when I was writing The Swamp Fairy. I was living in the moment, engrossed in my characters, the plot, and creating the magic I wanted to share with my readers. It was a magnificent experience. Maybe it is the kind of thing that you have to go through in order to learn about yourself. It never occurred to me before that we writers were already practicing mindfulness through our writing. Who knew?

Mindfulness is like that. It sneaks up on you. I bet most of you practice mindfulness and don’t even know it. Think about when you settle into your bed for the night. That point, just before you drift off to sleep – when you listen to your own breathing, in and out… that’s mindfulness. When you are mindful, you are simply following your thoughts. (I am doing it right now writing this post)! 😀

The benefit of mindfulness on our body is astounding! Research shows that mindfulness helps to control our blood pressure, heart disease, inflammation in our bodies, and even helps to boost our immune system.

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While I was writing I felt like I was on the right path allowing mindfulness into my daily life. However, I found myself so engrossed in my writing that I could not think of anything else. There were days when I could not pull myself out of that chair. I had to write. I felt like I was losing my balance. I stopped following Weight Watchers and did not go for daily walks. I became so obsessed with my writing, that I forgot to take care of me.

Could this simply be a writer’s malady or did I just let my imagination rule my life? Where was the balance I strived for? It was gone, like a puff of smoke blowing in the wind. I suddenly realized that when I write my next novel I need to plan my manic writing episodes carefully so that I could not use my writing as an excuse to not follow the rules that I have set for myself. I have to be in control of me.

You know how you hear about all of those famous authors who say to write a few hours each day when writing a novel? I get that now. There is so much that goes into the planning of a novel. You can’t just wing it. I am talking about having a plan that works for you as a writer. I found out that I am a plotter with brilliant bursts of creativity. Now, that I know that, I can learn from my experience.

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Balance is a big thing for me. I have always felt like I walk a tightrope between exercise, eating, writing, and living my life with my husband and dogs. On top of that, there are all the daily things that must be done, like laundry, cooking, and cleaning. How do I balance all of this?

I do well with a schedule and always have. So now that the intense writing has eased, I find myself slowing getting back on track in my life. I am writing in my food journal daily, keeping track of my food intake. Monday through Friday, I am walking again getting the exercise my body needs. I have left my book in the capable hands of my editor, waiting for her to mentor me through the next step in the process.

Right now, I am just letting everything be, breathing in and out, and living one day at a time, being mindful of me.

How about you? What are your healthy living goals for the week?

Have a wonderful month! If you would like to join me in your own mindful healthy living journey, please do. Use whatever program works for you. You do not even have to follow a program if you don’t want to. The whole idea is to start thinking about ways that you can become healthier and fit. This includes going gluten-free, fat-free, lactose-free, starting an exercise program, or even a new way of eating such as becoming a vegetarian.

If it has to do with becoming healthy or mindfulness, write about it! I will include links to your blog on my post next month in July on the 2nd Monday of the month!

TOGETHER!

Remember, this is not a challenge.  Each of us has different goals that we wish to attain. This is an offering of support and a place where my online community can come to participate in attaining a healthy lifestyle.  If you would like to join in with your own Mindful Monday – Healthy Living 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. If you do link back to me, each month I will include links to your blog so that others can find inspiration and motivation from your writing. Look for my next post in July, on the 2nd Monday of the month!

My main aim here is to give and get support to become more mindful of my journey to healthy living.

Thanks for being part of my fabulous journey to a healthy lifestyle. Don’t forget to share your journey. ❤ No matter what your goals are in becoming more healthy, I am honored to be part of your journey.

Mindful Monday Healthy Living – “Your Well-Being Matters,” by Erika Kind

Welcome to Mindful Monday – Healthy Living! Each week I try to examine new or sometimes old things about myself on my journey to becoming healthier. 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.

…to all of you who have left comments and cheered me on and are interested in accompanying me on this journey to healthy living! Together, we can offer support and ideas to make this road to “healthy,” a fun journey!

My hope is that you will all visit the posts of everyone who participated last week. You can find their blog links and comments on last week’s post HERE. Stop by and say hello! You just might make someone’s day!

Each week I want to share one of your links or comments that motivated me:

LAST WEEK’S MOST INSPIRING BLOG POST: “Mindful Monday, 14 March 2016,” from the blog A Spirit of Healing, by Bee Halton.

Bee included an excellent video about teaching meditation to children. I LOVED the video and really found it to relaxing and calming. Wait until you hear what the kids have to say! 😀

Here’s Bee:

“I apologise for somewhat short Mindful Monday posts at this time. As I said last week:  I have been busy, and I need time to calm down and find my balance again.

Still I want to take part in Colleen’s Mindful Monday, and I am aware that many of you want to teach Mindfulness to their children. I have found a film that is based on a book about Mindfulness for Children called “Planting the Seeds of Mindfulness” by Thich Nhat Hanh.

It has the same title but isn’t released yet. It still needs some funds to be released. You can find out more about it here. (It also shows you what Tina Turner is up to lately  )

They have released a trailer so far, and I think it is an excellent reminder of how Mindfulness works.

1st Planting Seeds: The Power of Mindfulness Film Trailer by MindfulCloud PBC.

In this sense may you have a mindful week!”

Thanks so much Bee for sharing such an inspirational post about mindfulness. ❤

I am currently buried in my writing (when those fairies speak you have to listen) so I asked Erika if I could share a post that she wrote on her own blog (CLICK HERE to find the post on Erika’s blog). Erika’s post really spoke to me and it was exactly how I felt – OVERWHELMED! You see, I still think I can do it all when in reality I can’t. How many of you feel that way too?

So, I am taking Erika’s advice and taking care of me today. I feel fine and am progressing well with my healthy journey. I have kept the “evil pig” at bay for two weeks now and I am seeing great progress! Read here to learn how you can control your inner pig!

HERE’S ERIKA:

I inspired myself to this post when I had to set priorities in my currently busy life. I learned that many years ago when I found myself surrounded by too many activities. It happened step by step unnoticed until it got too much. It is related a lot to the lesson of saying No:

You love what you do. You really love it. You are proud of what you are achieving ever day. You are versatile, doing this and that. There are so many things you want to do in your life and you are not only talking about it, you are doing it. Things work out, projects succeed and grow. That is wonderful but all of a sudden the many projects can get too much and I don’t even threw life in yet. When everything grows it can be overwhelming because you are still only one person. You still have only 24 hours a day. But you also still love all you started.

After a while, you notice that instead of gaining energy, it draws energy from you. You feel stressed out, get nervous, perhaps you even notice physical reactions. That’s the moment when you need to say stop. A very difficult decision. Because what you built might be running by itself and you are running with it. You might be even part of something and to admit that it is too much for you can be tough. Perhaps you look at others and ask yourself how they can handle it all. Your frustration about yourself grows and the you work even harder to keep up with everything or even start something new in addition. Things get worse! You are getting exhausted and your nerves are reaching their limit. You are losing your excitement, your joy, your inspiration. Stop, before you completely break down.

Are you sure that those others you admire are dealing better? Or aren’t they too pretending that what they are achieving every day is a piece of cake? Perhaps and perhaps not! So what? Here it is about you! Whatever change you are making the ones who matter, don’t mind and the ones who mind don’t matter at all.

Yes, you might be doing what you are doing for others with all your heart. But don’t feel obliged to destroy yourself in order to not disappoint someone. You won’t! There is more understanding around than you might think! What is the reason that your projects are successful? Because others appreciate you and what you are doing. That means YOU MATTER! Everyone for whom you matter wants your well-being. They know that only then you can keep up what you started.

If you force yourself to keep up something up that you don’t feel anymore then nobody will feel it anymore. Something is missing, your spark is missing!

What is an action worth if it doesn’t come from the heart? Where does it come from when not from the heart? It comes from nowhere. It is like an empty bottle. You see this empty bottle and the frustration grows again. You are not content anymore with what you are doing and things develop in the opposite direction. The power has gone. But we need to be power in order to give power. We need to be what we want to give. And if we are not what we want to give, we should not try to give it. It only wears you out.

It is not selfish at all to care for yourself. It is the only right thing to do in order to enjoy what you are doing. Only when you enjoy what you are doing, it contains your passion. And you need passion in order to fill your actions with YOU! Time-outs are not a sign of weakness or failure. The are a sign of taking you and your purpose serious. You need to take care of yourself in order to be what you want to give. You can only be there for others when you are there yourself! An empty shell is of no help. The more important a person is for others the more important their well-being is.

If I want to serve others, I need to serve myself in the first place. I have to find places where I can charge my batteries, where I can fuel my happiness and my positive outlook. I need to take care of myself. Because only when I feel good I can be who I want to be. Only when I am strong, I can give strength. Only when I feel encouraged I can encourage others. I need to feel good in order to make others feel good. I need to shine in order to show others that shining is not a gift but an inner concept!

No, it  is not selfish  to spoil yourself. In fact, it is the only way to be exactly the person this world needs. Only when you stick to yourself, believe in yourself, be aware of that wonderful and unique being you are, you can serve others with your gifts and your light. You have something within only you can give in your special way.

If you see someone being exhausted, wouldn’t you tell them to take a break, to take time for themselves? Wouldn’t you suggest they should change something in their lives? Wouldn’t you tell them how amazing it is what they are doing day by day and that you are asking yourself where they took the power to keep it up? Wouldn’t you tell them that it is not at all a sign of failing or weakness but a natural consequence? Wouldn’t you assure them that you totally understand and that it is so much more important that the care for their well-being in order to give what you so love about them?
Why are we so understanding for others but think different, when it comes to ourselves?

Take care of yourself. Take a break, slow things down, through things our of your life. The most important thing in life is: being happy and being appreciative…. to yourself. When you are filled with enthusiasm and smiling from within then all you do contains this magical part of you that everybody loves about you. Keep that fire burning. And when the flame burns lower, step back, take a break and fuel your fire.

Your well-being matters because you matter!

In Love and Light, Erika ❤

Are you looking for more inspiration? Here is a link to Erika’s books on her blog. You will find great motivation for everyday living and LOVE connecting with Erika. Enjoy!

Thank you, Erika, for allowing me to share your common sense attitude about taking care of yourself! We all are just too hard on ourselves. I appreciate your kindness! ❤

I hope everyone has a wonderful week! If you would like to join me in your own healthy living journey, please do. Use whatever program works for you. You do not even have to follow a program if you don’t want to. The whole idea is to start thinking about ways that you can become healthier and fit. This includes going gluten-free, fat-free, lactose-free, starting an exercise program, or even a new way of eating such as becoming a vegetarian. If it has to do with becoming healthy, write about it!

TOGETHER!

How about you? What are your healthy living goals for the week?

Remember, this is not a challenge.  Each of us has different goals that we wish to attain. This is an offering of support and a place where my online community can come to participate in attaining a healthy lifestyle.  If you would like to join in with your own Mindful Monday – Healthy Living 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. Each week I will include a link to the previous week’s post where readers can find your links and comments from the previous week. My main aim here is to give and get support to become more mindful of my journey to healthy living.

Thanks for being part of my fabulous journey to a healthy lifestyle. Don’t forget to share your journey. ❤ No matter what your goals are in becoming more healthy, together we can do it!

#Mindful Monday – “With a Little Help from My Friends”

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.

The best things in life aren’t things – they’re friends. Friends are the people who come into your life and touch your soul with their laughter and kindness. Real friends are the people who help you attain greatness as a person. I am honored and blessed to have two such friends, writer and author, Melissa Barker-Simpson and writer and author, Ronovan, from Ronovan Writes.

While I was absent from my blog the last month or so, occupied with my move to Colorado, these two fine friends stepped onto the pages of Silver Threading and wrote blog posts from the heart. They gave me something precious, their time. To Mel and Ronovan:

There have been countless blog posts written that state the opinion that bloggers are not really friends. They are just people who you communicate with online. You don’t normally meet them in person, so they really are just virtual friends. I happen to disagree with that line of thought.

The many writers that I have gotten to know in our WordPress community since I started blogging, have become extraordinary friends to me. They have lifted me up and encouraged me. On top of that, these friends were not afraid to tell me what they truly think and feel. In fact, as in the case of Mel and Ronovan, I always feel like they have my back!

Did you ever consider that in many ways we know our blogging friends better than their own families know them? This is because we actually read what each other writes. We share a deeper connection because we bear our souls through our written words. We recognize that need for expression and acknowledge it though our comments on each other’s blogs. Sometimes those words are all that writer needs to reach out and try something new. This creates a chain reaction and friendship blooms.

Dr. Kathleen Hall from the mindfullivingnetwork.com, in her article called, “Building Authentic Friendships,” states:

“An authentic friendship goes beyond the surface-level pleasantries; it requires us to break down the walls we’ve built up to protect ourselves. In authentic friendships, there are genuine heart-to-heart discussions, in which we are both honest and empathetic. There is also understanding and respect, and everyone is free to be whom they are without feeling judged or unloved.”

“This type of friendship seems simple to achieve, but it’s rather rare. With the rise of social media, we constantly find ourselves connected with other people, but the connection is usually superficial with little meaning behind it. Social media also makes it easier for us to isolate ourselves. Many of our are too busy trying to make connections through our computers and smartphones, that we forget that strong friendships are more likely to develop through personal interaction.”

Never believe that friendship doesn’t exist in the virtual blogging world. Late this summer in the U.K. Hugh, from Hugh’s Views and News, posted an amazing video of the First Annual Blogger’s Bash. Click the link to meet a bunch of bloggers who became friends by meeting on-line.

Friendship does exist in the blogging community. If you are lucky enough to find it, please nurture it and remember to say, “Thank You.” Take the time to encourage others. It will come back to you tenfold!

My long journey from Florida to Colorado is finally over. I have missed all of you greatly. Thank you for being part of my life here on Silver Threading. I am happy to call you friends!

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 silverthreading@gmail.com and I will be happy to feature you on a guest post.

WHAT ARE YOUR MINDFUL GOALS FOR 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 aim here is to give and get support to become more mindful of the things I take for granted in my life.

Mindful Monday – Mindfulness is Awareness

Due to the crazy schedule I have had the last few days and the pending open house for our house sale on Sunday, I will not have a Mindful Monday post for Monday, September 21, 2015. Time constraints have left me breathless.

Please enjoy this Haiku I wrote for your enjoyment:

Have a wonderful week filled with peace, love, and joy! See you next week!

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Mindful Monday – Mindful Laughter

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 silverthreading@gmail.com 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.

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Mindful Monday – 7 Mindful Mantras to Get You through the Week

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.

This week, I want to share seven mindful mantras to help get you through the week.

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My mindful goals for this week are to keep working on patience and just living in the moment. I just need to slow down and take it easier. Sometimes I am my own worst enemy! My mantra for the week is: Just BREATHE…

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 silverthreading@gmail.com and I will be happy to feature you on a guest post.

Here is what ShanJeniah’s Lovely Chaos had to share this week: Savoring Blackberries in the Sun-A Mindful Monday Food Meditation. This is one you will really enjoy! Please stop by and drop her a line.

Thanks for stopping by. I loved seeing all of you!

Namaste. I wish you joy and peace throughout your week!

Mindful Monday – #Mindfulness & #Patience

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.

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Patience. We all have it, yet we all want more of it. Sometimes we totally lose it, and other times we seem to be totally at peace with the amount of patience that we possess at a given time.

According to Wikipedia:

Patience (or forbearing) is the state of endurance under difficult circumstances, which can mean persevering in the face of delay or provocation without acting on negative annoyance/anger; or exhibiting forbearance when under strain, especially when faced with longer-term difficulties. Patience is the level of endurance one can take before negativity. It is also used to refer to the character trait of being steadfast.”

I don’t know about you, but I am not a patient person. Wait… I meant to say that I am much better than I used to be at dealing with patience, so maybe I should say that I can be a patient person. Like now, because I have to be. Having patience is the adult thing to do, right?

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I knew selling our house would be a chore. I just don’t want it to take forever. I don’t like the circumstances of having to wait, although I can accept that I have no choice in the matter. That is how patience works. I have to shelve my impatience at how life is right now. I could throw a fit, but in the end, what good would that really do? It would not change anything and the facts would still remain.

Am I weak because I feel impatience at the lack of home buyers at this moment? No, not at all. This is a situation that is beyond my control. I recognize my irritation and then I move on. This is where my mindfulness practice comes in. When I am present in the moment I can see things for what they truly are. That simple act of recognition becomes patience.

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I think that when I allow myself to become impatient I have opened the door to negativity. Whenever this happens, (and it does from time to time) I follow the Barney Fife Rule of Negative Reactions – “Nip it in the bud!”

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Impatience gets you nowhere, except to feel the negative drain of your emotions. If you let it, the negativity and impatience overpowers your thoughts and makes you irrational. I know because I had to learn that lesson. It was a hard one, but eventually I got it.

Patience is not just the ability to wait; it is the ability to maintain a good attitude through your wait, no matter what it is you are waiting for.

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How about you? Are you a patient person?

This week (and always) I am going to be more mindful about my attitude of patience. I am going to breathe deeply and let go of the negativity that threatens to drag me down. I am going to be grateful for where I am in my life and thankful for the love of a good man, a fabulous family, and two of the best little red Pomeranians there ever were. I am going to just let it be!

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 silverthreading@gmail.com and I will be happy to feature you on a guest 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 aim here is to give and get support to become more mindful of the things I take for granted in my life.

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Thanks for stopping by. I enjoyed seeing you all! I wish much peace and joy for you all this week!

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Mindful Monday – Mindful Nothingness – The Road to Meditation

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.

If you are reading this I know you are a student of mindfulness too. It is a journey and a personal one at that. Each one of us has a different path to take to achieve our goals and needs. What works for some will not work for others. In my quest to become more mindful, I share links and resources to open your mind to the wonders of mindfulness. You never know, it might launch you on your own journey.

Do you ever think about nothing? I mean nothing at all. Have you ever been able to get to where there are no thoughts jumbling around in that great brain of yours. There is just nothingness. It’s hard to do. I know. I’ve tried.

I work hard at trying to lose my thoughts. Sometimes I imagine them as balloons floating on a gentle breeze. When the thought comes into my head, I pop it… and let it go. I watch it drift away. This helps me get rid of my thoughts.

I have found the following infographic helpful in clearing the mind and finding that special nothingness.


Today, I want to share a Ted Talk video from Andy Puddicombe: All it takes is Ten Mindful Minutes.

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The Mind Unleashed will give you 5 Tips on how to meditate for beginners. There is no right way. It is only what works for you. Don’t be afraid to try. Just close your eyes…

This week I am going to continue working on clearing my mind for contemplation. I want to reach that state of nothingness where thoughts do not enter my mind in a random fashion. Music seems to help me clear my thoughts, but then I need it quiet. This works best if you can find a one minute chant to help you relax.

When I started my mindful journey in January 2015, it was with the intent to post my thoughts every Monday. This is the 31st Mindful Monday post that has been shared. This is our journey into mindfulness. The more we share and learn from each other, the better our journey becomes.

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 silverthreading@gmail.com and I will be happy to feature you on a guest 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 aim here is to give and get support to become more mindful of the things I take for granted in my life.

 

Namaste. I wish you all peace and joy this week!

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Mindful Monday – Do Less to Achieve More

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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.

Do you realize that you achieve more by doing less? How many times have you heard about someone famous who seems to have the ability to do it all? These people wear many hats in the living of their life. They are an actress, a director, a writer, a mother, a father, etc. the list goes on and on. Bottom line, the message is that the busier you are, the more important you are perceived to be by our modern society.

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In reality, this person lives a life filled with stress. They are actually hindered by all of this hyper brain activity. When we stretch ourselves too thin we do not make the best decisions. Our ability to solve problems becomes impaired. We lose the ability to learn new things, or remember important information. We forget how to control our emotions. We slow down and become tired.

Under stress, our brains reach overload. They really are not computers even though we tend to think of them as such. This is the critical point where mindfulness comes into play. When we become mindful of all the hats we wear in our lives we stop being multitaskers. We do one thing at a time and accomplish more because we have slowed down and lived in the moment of the task we are trying to complete.

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We have conditioned ourselves to live in a “MORE” world. We always want more. More likes on our blogs, on Twitter, and on our Facebook pages. We always want more so we can have more things. “More” has become a way of life.

I am seriously considering removing the “like button” from my blog. Do I really need to know if you like my writing that much? That is, of course, if you actually read what I write. We are conditioned to just click on the like button and move on because we are always so busy and stressed out. I am not sure that the like button is an accurate gauge of whether or not my readers really like what I write about.

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What if I just had the comment button on my blog? That would require the reader to slow down and read my thoughts. I get a fairly large amount of comments anyway. Just think of all those emails and like acknowledgments from the side menu that I have to click on to clear away. Those could be gone!

Removing the ‘like button’ from my blog would save time for me and the reader who has to click on the button to begin with. Removing the ‘like button’ would save time for all of us. Don’t be surprised if the ‘like button’ on this blog disappears in the next few days. More is not always better.

What am I going to do with all that free time I will have after I remove the like button from my blog? I am going to spend more time with my husband and dogs. I am going to spend time daydreaming, thinking up new plot lines for my novel, and writing poetry. I am going to spend more time learning how to meditate and how to live in the moment. I am going to spend more time commenting on what others write. I am going to live in that moment and experience the wonder of being alive.

So, please tell me what your mindful goals are for this 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 silverthreading@gmail.com 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.

Namaste! I wish you much joy and peace this week.

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Mindful Monday – My Top 5 Things to Do Every Day

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 silverthreading@gmail.com 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.

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