Hey! Hey! It’s week 9 of #LivingLovingWriting and today is the first day of March! If you didn’t know this about me, well, let me tell you now . . . January, February, and March are my favorite months of the year. As I live in Florida, these months are a dream come true, the beach is just to die for, it’s my husband’s birthday, and it’s the beginning of baseball season (well preseason that is), bring on spring training.
So, what did I do today on the first day of March, this morning I took my youngest to lacrosse practice, while my husband took my oldest out orienteering. We rallied back at the house afterward, and he and I decided to head out for a late lunch to a place in Tarpon Springs called Rusty Bellies. It was there, while overlooking the water and soaking up the sun, that this calendar for Mindful March 2020 popped up on his phone and got us thinking.
What exactly is mindfulness? I mean, lately it seems all we hear about is mindfulness, so I looked it up and the Oxford definition basically says it means to be aware, be present.
the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something.“their mindfulness of the wider cinematic tradition”
a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.
Being present is hard. Focusing on what’s in front of me and not what just happened or what’s coming up. And I don’t know about all of you, but sometimes I feel like the days, months, years are flying by, and all I can do is hold on with both hands. I have this fear of missing out, wasting time, or forgetting the small things that make up life and make our memories so important. I do try to slow down, and I do try not to sweat the small stuff, but some days it is just the act of taking a deep breath to remind myself that I need to center myself. Do you need that, too?
I want to share the calendar with all of you. It’s not complicated, the things it’s asking each day don’t take too long, but in the end maybe you’ll like it, just like we did, and maybe you’ll find a way to be a bit more present, aware, and mindful during your day.
QOTD: Do you focus on mindfulness? Is it something you’ve built into your daily life? If so, how? Feel free to comment and share below, I’m certain this is something all of us could do better and be better at.
Happy March, Y’all . . . until next week, take care, and don’t forget to take some deep breaths!