Mother’s Day is right around the corner and as an adult I appreciate the day differently then when I was a kid. Not because I am a mother but more importantly because my mom passed away over 20 years ago. The old saying, “You appreciate things more once they are gone.” is really true.
If I had to pick one of my favorite months I would have to say it is the month of May. I love how things become more green in the Northeast. The smell of the air after a good rain, the birds coming back into town making all their sweet noises, flowers start to pop with color and growth. It feels like life wakes up again from the hibernation of the long winter months. I feel reenergized to get things done. I have been working on cleaning out a first floor office and turning it into a bedroom again. Yesterday was the first day I went out and worked on my garden beds. Life is good!
I have been hearing a lot of buzz around the word “mindfulness”. Have you? I am in no way an expert on it but I am intrigued about what it means. Merriam/Webster dictionary says, “the practice of maintaining a nonjudgmental state of heightened or complete awareness of one’s thoughts, emotions, or experiences on a moment-to-moment basis.” So my take on that is having the ability to allow oneself to be fully aware of what is happening within the moment both internally and externally.
Which takes me to what I have been trying to do of late, be more aware of the moments in my life – good – bad- ugly! I am working on being more in the moment especially with my sons. Two days ago my youngest son and I had errands to run after dinner. Not exactly what I was hoping to do that evening but he needed a new book to read and I needed to pick up some cards so I figured we would get it all done in one trip.
Turns out it was one of the best errand runs I have had ever. I think he felt the same way because as he was getting out of the car when we got home he turned to me and said, “This was really fun!” I won’t bore you with the details of each store but we talked and laughed and truly enjoyed each other’s company. At times I was silly and he found that funny. I was totally mindful of what was happening while it happened and was in the moment for as long as the moment would last. That is when I discovered that this “mindfulness” stuff is actually really cool. I hope to become even more mindful of my life.
Do you have any stories of how you have practiced “mindfulness” in your life? I am really curious to hear if others are becoming more mindful as well. I see it on a number of mazazines while I am standing in line to check out at stores. I see it written about online and I have watched news stories about the benefits of mindfulness in our lives. Would love to hear your side of it and see if you think it has any benefits?
I hope you all can find your small moments in the day and become more mindful of them. It made feel really good inside and wanting to practice “mindfulness” even more.