1.the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something.“their mindfulness of the wider cinematic tradition”
2.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.
Do you set goals for the New Year?
Do you have a word of the year?
Or do you just jump in feet first and hope it all works out in the end?
All good choices, to each their own.
I used to set goals which I would invariably fail at by the end of January. Then I heard about the One Little Word thing through Ali Edwards. That seems to work out the best for me. Just choosing one word and reminding myself gently throughout the year that is what I am focusing on. There have been years where it just did not happen. Sometimes the word you start out with is not the word that works half way through the year. Sometimes life gets in the way and a word is the last thing you’re worried about. Things change, don’t they? I’ve learned through the years to give myself some grace from time to time and not worry about the small things that fall by the wayside.
I have a cuff made with my word on it so that I can be reminded when I look down at my wrist. It it kind of a comfort for me to see it made into something beautiful; now I can look back at those cuffs and remember that year and what it brought for me. Some good, some bad, but all lived through with us still in tact. Life lessons are sometimes learned in ways we wouldn’t have chosen but they are valuable none the less.
My word this year is Mindfulness. I worry. A lot. I wake up at 4:50 most mornings and commence worrying…about the past, the future, the uncertainty of it all, my girls, my husband, my business….all of the things I can’t do anything about at 4:50 in the morning. I worry so much that it gets in the way of living my life. I’ve put myself in a bad place. Every doctor or therapist I’ve seen over the years has suggested I meditate. I’ve started to and it’s helped. I decided that this year I am going to work on being in the moment more. Enjoying or dealing with what is happening right then instead of letting all of the worry destroy the moment that is right there in front of me. Being more present for myself and my family. Here’s to a mindful year (hopefully).
What works for you? How do you enter a new year? Full of vim and vigor? Cautiously? Contemplative? With goals set in place? If you have one little word, what is it? I would love to hear.