After blogging about the book I have now started reading, Wherever You Go There You Are, I have been making the effort to be more aware. Often it is difficult to accept this is where I am and embrace this place. Making a few changes and observations helps me and can help you maneuver intentionally during this phase. Let’s face it; every phase we are in is a little challenging and calls for mindfulness. 😉
Here are a few suggestions as you practice mindfulness (and gratitude, as always) in your current situation:
- Make a list of at least 5-10 things to be grateful for (people, places, emotions, ideas, good or bad) in your life TODAY.
- Give Thanks for each one of them through prayer or words of affirmation.
- Get outside and look up. Sit with no expectation and look at the sky, the trees, leaves, clouds, and people. See it all.
- Go back to the basics. For me, this means going back to what I first appreciated about moving to Nashville. I go outside during this colorful season, to parks, to farmer’s markets, walks, wherever. When I go back to these places and spaces, I feel so much more receptive and can accept my “now.”
- Explore your community!
One of my favorite things to do is wander. To have no plan, no set destination. In those unsure moments, I need no answers. I am simply here, now.
Always remember what you enjoy, what helps you relax, and practice it often.