#beingthemoment 6

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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.

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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 holidaysThe 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

#beingthemoment

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Space Forms, art by Dan Corson, Beacon Hill Light Rail Station, photo by Theresa Barker.

11 thoughts on “#beingthemoment 6

    1. Oh, yellowfuzzyduck, I would love to hear how it goes for you. I struggle with slowing down enough to notice gratitude … but it does make me feel better to notice things that are going RIGHT! Would love to hear more!

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      1. Yes! I actually have started a gratitude journal in the past, and after reading your post, I thought I’d start one again. After all, it really helps us acknowledge those everyday things we sometimes take for granted. And when things are going wrong, we should more often try to look for blessings in disguise! 🙂

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  1. I sometimes enjoy just sitting while waiting. I am fascinated by people and I watch. 🙂 Those are walking ideas. Lol! Gratitude is a daily thing. Life won’t be the same without it. Much love dear friend. Hugs. xxx

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  2. Let’s just say this is something that I work on a lot! I have a lot to be grateful for and yet often find myself grumbling. I would say that gratitude is something that I think on when I am doing my spiritual work and my end of day meditation, mostly I try to be mindful of all the little things that make up my larger, very nice, existence.
    As to the white space of last week, it didn’t happen. My regular schedule is not happening over about a three week time period. I’m trying to just accept that and focus on what it good about being outside of the routine.

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    1. Oh, Amy, thanks for telling me you work on this a lot. Me, too. And I love that you are taking the schedule challenges as best you can, that’s a healthy approach. I try to do one kind thing for myself each day, even when I’m super-busy (like a quiet cup of tea with the crossword), and that really makes a difference.
      Also, since I need time to “recharge” after a lot of people interaction, I try to take a break in between meetings or events. I’ll bet you may be an introvert that way too? 🙂

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