Hello everyone! Here I am, and it’s Sunday evening again, and I’m ready to start Week 6 of my “being in the moment” experiment. I have really enjoyed hearing from you, other bloggers and writers, about your interests and practices in being more mindful and present in the moment. Thank you!
Last week the focus was on creating “white space,” time to spend on myself in whatever way I wanted to. I am happy and surprised to report that I had a chance to browse in the local public library (as though it were a bookstore), which was a new experience, and it felt great. I’m also remembering that one day I took a small notebook and pen to an appointment but arrived early, found a new coffee shop to sit in, and wrote something new. That also felt great.
Why do we find ourselves following the same routine over and over? I find great comfort in having familiar items and routines to stay in. But then, when I find myself in a new situation with some time on my hands, I suddenly notice so much going on around me, and it stimulates my creativity. It’s just hard to remind myself of that when my wonderful familiar writing desk beckons.
I am exploring these six strategies (below) from an article on mindfulness over a period of six weeks. My goal is to become more mindful and to be in the moment; to avoid feeling overwhelmed, I’m a taking one strategy each week.
- Week 1 – Intent: What is your intent as you do a task?
- Week 2 – Details: What are the little details of what’s around you?
- Week 3 – Breathing: Take 3 deep breaths when stressed.
- Week 4 – Move your body: Take a walk or stretch to take a break from feeling overwhelmed.
- Week 5 – Create white space: Block out time to do what you want to do, not what you “have” to do.
- Week 6 – Feel gratitude: Below.
Week 6: Feel gratitude
Feel gratitude — It’s easy to move from one experience to the next without really noticing or acknowledging your gratitude. In as many moments as you can, simply stop and acknowledge just how much you have. It might be as simple as your healthy body, your pet, loved ones or the beautiful food. When we are truly present, we tune into the blessing and abundance of simply being alive. (From A present you give yourself, and others: being present during the holidays – The Seattle Times)
What do you do to feel gratitude? Do you keep a “gratitude journal”? Do you say thanks during your worship time or other faith-based activities? Is feeling grateful a regular part of your day-to-day life?
Bonus: “52 Weeks of Thankfulness” project, link to Miriam Hurdle’s “Showers of Blessing” blog post
Next week: Wrap-up