The New Year has arrived, and it’s time to think about our resolutions for 2020. Mindful Living is one resolution that anyone can do, takes only moments, and has the power to be life-changing.
What is Mindful Living? It’s learning to stay present in the moment without allowing our minds to get sidetracked. It’s living in the moment and enjoying life as it happens. It’s being fully aware of our thoughts and feelings; of where we are and what we’re doing; of the people in our lives. It allows us to reset and recenter, and when we do, to make conscious choices.
For most of us, Life is Out-of-Control! Our lives are hectic. We’re on autopilot; reactive; just pushing our way through the day. We have too much to do and too little time to do it. We regret past actions and overschedule the future. We crave calm in our lives, but it seems like such an impossible goal that we postpone pursuing it until another day.
Mindful Living is a path to finding joy in our daily lives. Mindfulness requires acceptance of all that is in the moment, without judgment as to good or bad. It unlocks the fullness of life, allowing us to embrace all that we have today and create a vision for tomorrow.
Mindfulness requires awareness. It allows us to find small joys in little things – the sensation of warm water streaming over our bodies as we shower; the beauty of sunlight bouncing off clouds; the gentle sound of chimes in the wind; the first taste of coffee in the morning; the smell of freshly-mown grass. We’re surrounded by small joys. When we’re aware of these little things, we’re filled with a delightful quietness within.
Learning to be mindful brings a profound sense of meaning and connectedness to life. As we move through our day, a multitude of stressful things weigh us down. Mindful Living allows us to balance our lives by focusing on the abundance of small joys that surround us. Mindfulness enables us to accept what is – now. Difficulties and challenges still exist in our lives, but we have confidence we can handle them.
So, take a deep breath, close your eyes, and for the next minute, open up all of your senses and just be in the moment. Feel the calm wash over you. As with all resolutions, Mindful Living takes discipline and commitment, but the rewards are immediate and addictive. Mindful Living is a life-changing resolution for this New Year.
Candace Cook, a freelance writer from Southern California, writes a blog at www.aging-with-attitude.com
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