My word for the year is PRESENT. For more about that you can go here: http://bit.ly/36wtLzo
Before I’ve focused on ways of being (LISTEN, HONEST) – which, while life changing, left out my body. I was surprised to discover that being present involves my whole self; my mind, my spirit and my body. All need to be present, and all benefit from the effort required.
- As I have tried to quiet my mind this week, I have become more aware of how loud it really is. I can read an entire book to my kids and have no memory of reading some of the pages (sometimes this is a blessing – those Disney books are LONG). I am often thinking about something else while talking to one of my children, while cleaning, while doing… anything. It’s rare that I’m just there, in the moment. But the times that I am, those are the times that stick in my memory…. The other day, AJ reached his arms up to me to be held. I picked him up and he wrapped his legs around my stomach, his arms around my neck and nestled his head against my shoulders. I sat down and paid attention to what he looked like, how he felt, his little body as wiry as a monkey. I probably can’t tell you anything else that happened that day, but I remember that, because I stopped and lived it.
2. I started to take pictures of things up close. Not only nature, but the way words look in my planner. Everything looks beautiful – or at least interesting – when I take time to see. Bonus – kids find this endlessly entertaining, if you need something for them to do while you make dinner.
3. I am more aware of what I eat and how I feel after I eat, because I am more aware in general. Paying attention to how your body feels, is eye opening. Often, I live in my head and forget to give my body space. I forget to connect them.
4. This mental practice – which I succeed at for maybe ten minutes a day – has made me focus more on the WHY, the reason behind the tasks. My purpose comes into focus. When I see my kids, not just the work, I remember why I want a clean house, why I make dinner, why I write, why I hug, why I make lists. But, in the spirit of honesty…. I get less done. But also feel less stress…. soo…..
5. Being present is a practice of gratitude. Being in a moment, makes you grateful for that moment – even the hard moments – although the gratitude doesn’t usually hit until it passes. Emotions are a gift.