How often do you take the time to be mindful?

Life sometimes feels insanely busy. We rush around from place to place, crossing things off of our list. We live in a perpetual state of planning, what tasks do we have accomplish for work, what should we make for supper; what do we have to get done this weekend.  In the midst of busyness, we end up missing out on the beauty of the moment. We forget to be present; we forget to be mindful.

Mindfulness is defined in the dictionary as, “a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.”

“Try to remember that you deserve good things too.” [Tweet this]

Choosing to engage in mindfulness, will allow you to let go of worry and stress by focusing on what’s happening in this particular moment.  It will also help you sleep better and live a more satisfied life.

Next time you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed, try to sit quietly, breathe deeply, be aware of what’s happening with you mentally and physically and let those things go, let them flow away from you without judgement. Be in the moment. Appreciate the gift that life is at this point. You are a blessing to others, and you are blessed.  Try to remember that you deserve good things too.

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Goals and Grace

Do you ever find yourself jumping feet first into new resolutions, ‘I’m going to exercise every single day’, ‘I’m going to stop that bad habit’, ‘I’ll never do that again’.  Rather than taking on new limitations, maybe you could choose to ‘marry your goals with grace’!

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For example, chose three things that you would like incorporate more of in your life; then psychologically, you’d be more inclined to continue doing it. As some options, you could start your morning by meditating, praying or saying three things you are grateful for. You could choose to go for a walk or get a breath of fresh air on your lunch hour. You could choose to make a list of your action items for the next day, every night before bed. The idea here is to live an abundant life where you add value to who you are and what you’re doing every day. Will you choose to add some new things to your day to fill your cup?  Will you choose to marry your goals with grace?

You gotta have faith!

Self discovery is an interesting thing.  It’s described as, “the process of acquiring insight into one’s own character.”  Looking back, if I’m truly honest with you (and myself), I realize my journey of self discovery has taken a decade. Ten years of bumbling around trying to figure out who. I. am.

“His handiwork is perfect.” [Tweet this]

Actualization came in drips and drops here and there like summer rain cascading through sun kissed leaves.  None of it made sense, there were indications, feelings, dreams but nothing concrete.  I rejected my natural gifts (encouragement, nurturing leadership, caring, faith) because they weren’t the ones the world considered important.  Mine seemed too gentle, too nuanced, too heart centered. It took God moving within me, moulding me, shaping me; loving me.  Ten years of assurance that His handiwork is perfect.  

As I’m rounding this leg of my journey, the ultimate puzzle of ‘self’ is finally fitting together and I can see parts of the picture more clearly.  Aristotle said, “Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.”  I say, “acceptance of yourself is the beginning of change.” and “a desire for change opens the door for personal growth.” I am finally becoming the person I was created to be and I accept it wholly and completely.