There’s a lot of discussion about “mindfulness” in the self-help and educational sectors these days. It’s something that started to develop within me through journal writing after an unexpected divorce in the early 90’s. Smacked with the realization that I was in complete control of myself and life’s choices, the written reflections enabled me to focus on my goals and well-being. It became apparent, early in the days when “mindfulness” wasn’t actually a common term, that one had to seize the day and try to make the most of it through one’s choices. It’s not a skill one masters. Often times, one’s “mindfulness” is contradictory and completely messy! I have taught myself to wake up each day and look forward to what the day holds. Although I’m focused and positive about making the most of each day, I also know that it can go “off the rails” and that I may have to be forgiving and gentle with myself.
After reading a reflection post, entitled, The truth about being kind to yourself, it compelled me to share a mantra that was posted on Emma’s blog.
Say it out loud
Today I will do my best!
Today, I will try my best
to make choices that are
healthy and make me
I’ll work on my goal!
Say It Everyday (Inspirational Quote, Health Fitness)
This quote was intended for fitness and lifestyle motivation. I think it translates to all areas of our lives. (I say this, as I help myself to a Lindt Dark Chocolate square… or 2 or 3) Seriously, though, if one actively embraces “mindfulness” on a daily basis, the benefits to life satisfaction are immeasurable. The message of Emma’s post was, be kind to yourself. Continue to be actively “mindful” and be forgiving with yourself when you make a few slips along the way. And you will… oops… the rest of that Lindt chocolate bar just disappeared!
Mary…you are so right! We need to give ourselves a break…what better way to do that than through good dark chocolate…and not feel guilty! Ya gotta live!! C xo
You know me so well, Cathy! I can’t believe you are responding to my posts from the cruise ship! Enjoy those last few days of indulgence, my friend!