Mindfulness in the New Year

Every year, instead of choosing resolutions that I can’t keep, I choose a word to be the guiding force of my year.  Mindfulness is the word I’ve chosen for 2019.  What exactly is mindfulness?  It is defined by Merriam-Webster as the practice of maintaining a non-judgemental state of heightened or complete awareness of one’s thoughts, emotions, or experiences on a moment-to-moment basis.

Another definition that speaks to me is from Mindful.org.  It is “Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.”  

I used to run through life moving from one thing to another but now I want the scenic tour.  Don’t get me wrong, life is still hectic and stressful, but outside of those moments, or maybe during those moments, I want to pay more attention to what is happening around me and inside of me. 

Instead of looking towards the future or reliving my past, I want to enjoy the here and now.  So what exactly does that look like?  Here are some examples of what I’m trying to focus on this year:

  • Planning more family gatherings and enjoying the conversations as they unfold.  Asking more questions and listening to the answers. Really listening.
  • Being kinder to others.  When I say kind words or do something for someone else, it just makes me feel so good.  
  • As I’ve learned from my yoga training, the breath is a powerful tool.  Noticing the breath more and utilizing the breath more to calm the mind.
  • Practice more self-care.  Take time to be kind to myself and let my inner critic be quieter.
  • Meditate more. Simply sitting in quiet for a few minutes to re-set the mind.
  • Make gratitude a part of my day.
  • Pay attention to what food I put in my mouth-the taste, texture, smell, & color.

Check out my mindfulness calendar for January. Print it out if you like.

As we head into the new year, it is a chance for a clean slate or a new beginning.  What word will guide you into the new year?

Happy NOW Year!

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