The Word of the Year :: Mindfulness
Wednesday, 5 January 2011
I do still have lots to share from our holidays. Snow, snow, and more snow. It was a fun Christmas, but it’s always good to be back at home. We’ve never travelled during the holidays before, and it had its own set of challenges. I’m wishing things had been a bit more relaxed. And while there was some relaxation while we were stuck on a snow-covered mountain, I always manage to get myself all worked up into some sort of frazzle no matter where I am. Why? I have no idea. I feel I simplify our holiday more each year, and yet every year I look back on what I could have not done. There’s always room for improvement.
It seems that no matter how hard I try to keep centered and calm, that I never feel like I have enough time. And now having both children at home with me all day, my mental attitudes have required some shifting. It’s been good for me, and I’m sure my family is reaping the benefits, but sometimes any change can seem daunting.
I don’t make New Year’s resolutions. In taking inspiration from The Bird, I choose a simple word to inspire me. I started thinking about this in early December, and there were quite a few on my list. A few I considered were: metta (the buddhist art of lovingkindness), simplicity, and compassionate communication (two words, I know). But the one that it seems I need the most, that I have struggled so greatly with in the past is mindfulness. In this time in my life, with two young children by my side, when it seems that most of the time I am tired, frazzled, worn out or just plain in a hurry, I can reach out for that word and hopefully find some peace.
Looking back on 2010, it was a pretty good year. Full of its own blessings, beauties, joy, and challenges. But what year isn’t? 2008 was a very difficult year for my little family, and it seems that the more distance I have from it, the better I feel. I’m looking forward to what 2011 will bring with a new sense of optimism and mindfulness.