Sunday, December 1, 2013

A Month of Mindfulness

Over the past month, I have had the experience of driving past the turn for my road several times.  Now, I live on an unmarked gravel road off a steep suburban street, anyone could drive past it, but I LIVE THERE, and have for over two years.  I am increasingly distracted, busy, not paying attention, thinking about a million things, running late and in general, unconscious of my whereabouts.  Where the heck am I?  I also go the wrong way when taking a child to his/her activity fairly often.  "Mom! We're going to ballet!"  What does this mean to me?  I am going too dang fast.  I am not smelling the roses.  I am not enjoying the little stuff.  It's all a blur.
An idea has been growing and brewing in my head and heart for many months.... and I'm still working on that idea, but I thought I would start right here and invite those who are interested to start with me.  Many of us have just completed a month of gratitude, or thankfulness.  I am going to declare my December 2014 a month of mindfulness.  I was just reminded of the 'meaning of mindfulness' by Jon Kabat Zinn, whose mindfulness meditation recordings have been in my library for many years.  
Each day in December, I am going to recommit to mindfulness in a new way, and share those ways here with all of my many loving supporters and readers!