I’m participating in a 30 Day Living Mindfully Blog Challenge. This is my day 1 entry, which answers the following question:
Being mindful means paying close attention to your surroundings, as well as your own inner world. It’s also about not accepting everything at face value and questioning everything. It’s amazing how supposed common sense ideas or what have been widely accepted as the status quo have been debunked just by simply asking “why?”
Mindfulness makes me more grateful. My knee jerk reaction has always been pessimism, criticizing, and judging, but mindfulness makes me take a step back and focus on positivity, instead of dwelling and drowning in negativity. It also allows me to stay in the present, to focus on the now, not on regrets or mistakes made in the past, or excessively worrying about the future.
As a mother, being mindful helps me appreciate the quiet moments that I spend with my little one, and also be appreciative of my toddler’s boisterous outbursts, knowing that this is a phase in his life that can never be replicated. It makes every moment I spend with my loved ones so much more precious because being mindful makes me aware that these moments are fleeting.
It’s about being aware that the world is not perfect, but choosing optimism anyway.