Monday Mindfulness

Monday Mindfulness

These past few months have been eventful (to say the least) both in my life and those of my friends. I don’t know if it’s the age we’re at, but it seems like we’re all going through pivotal moments in our lives. Most of my friends are on different wavelengths – some married with children (or expecting), others single and ready to meet new people. As I fall somewhere in-between, I’m starting to appreciate the variety of challenges & experiences we’re all going through. I’ve been reflecting a lot lately on how our lives have evolved the last 5-7 years, and what the future holds.

All of the sorrow & heartbreak in the news lately further escalates these emotions. Life can be overwhelming and scary, and sometimes the only thing you can do to get through change and hardship is take things day by day. Appreciate the present, be grateful for what you have and the loved ones around you. Nothing is permanent, and you have to accept that that applies to both the positive and negative. Live in the moment, and as they say…enjoy the little things in life, for some day you will look back and realize they were the big things.

  1. I will admit that I struggle to just do nothing. I’m not a regular TV watcher (though I do love certain shows), couch potato, napper. However, there exists a power behind doing nothing. It can open up your mind, gives you a chance to process your thoughts and feelings. Sometimes, the best thing you can do is to listen to you (tinybuddha.com).
  2. Our instinct is to run away from pain. Pretend like we don’t feel it, distract ourselves. But, as we’ve seen, this method of managing pain creates larger problems (think anxiety, depression, disease). Spoiler alert – the best way to work through pain is to face it (mindbodygreen.com).
  3. Love this post about “listening to the quiet” – when was the last time you did? (ploud.org)
  4. Even in hard times, it’s better to make the wrong decisions vs. none at all. We always want to resist change, but you have to keep moving forward (positivelypositive.com).
  5. There’s a word for obsessive thinking: rumination. We all suffer from this at times – long nights spent wide-awake with our racing minds. Put a stop to it with these handy tips, and be a happier version of yourself (theeverygirl.com).

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