Mid-Week Awareness (More of That #Mindfulist Stuff)

by Dian Reid-Jancic· Follow Dian on

As I sit here and wrap up week one of cultivating mindfulness in 2010, I’m kind of in awe of what I’ve so far come across.

A relaxing bath that reminds me to umm…relax. Which is one of the reasons we bought this house. I’d previously refused to bathe in apartment bath tubs because…well, no matter how well I cleaned it, I could never be sure of the renters before me. When we moved into the house in March of ’09, I vowed to take a bath every couple of weeks. I took 4 baths here in 2009. This will not be the case in 2010.

Resolutions. Call them resolutions, call them intentions, call them goals. Call them whatever you want to call them, but they won’t get done if you don’t have a plan. It’s taken me into my mid-30’s to finally put 2 and 2 together in order to get that simply having a list and putting that list onto a vision board just isn’t enough. I have to have a plan. I’m working on that.

Starting the day. When I pop open my ‘puter first thing in the morning, I’m rarely checking what’s on my calendar or to-do list. Since I’ve started working from home I’ve gotten in the habit (I’d say bad, but I’m trying so hard not to judge this year) of checking email, responding, checking social networking, my blog stats, my email again and so on. By the time I get a hold of myself, it’s 3 hours later, I haven’t showered eaten, and not a single thing I wanted to get done has even been started. I’m in the midst of putting the kibosh on all of that madness right now.

Awareness. I’ve created so much awareness around my inner being and the big picture in 2009, that it’s the year of the decade as far as personal growth is concerned. Fantastic. After watching the Whodunnit video over at The Mindfulist this morning, I’m now aware that it’s time to focus on some details. The big picture is coming together. Now it’s time to refine. I’m not one for over-refinement, but I sure could use a dab right about now.

I don’t know exactly how it’s all going to come together, but I do know a few things. I’m going to take a deep breath. I’m going to let it out. I’m going to make sure that woman in the other room reading her book right now knows that I love her more than my luggage. I’m going to meditate to some ocean waves and fall asleep peacefully and sleep as soundly as Jackson tonight—might even stick my paws up in the air like he does, but I promise not to snore. And when I wake up in the morning, I’m going to make it a point to be more mindful on January 7th than I was on January 6th.

I’ll let you know how that goes.

Photo use with creative commons license via: http://www.flickr.com/photos/my_world_perspective/ / CC BY 2.0
  • Amen!! I'm with you…..

  • Glad to see I'm not the only one who forgets to shower or eat once she gets in front of the computer. 🙂

    Plans…maybe you've hit on something. People make New Year's resolutions every year, but they don't even make it out of the barn because they don't have a PLAN. Someone once said that “goals without plans are just dreams”.

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