Mindful Monday: Make Peace

Each Monday, I would like to share a reminder about the importance of being mindful.  These will come from literature, popular culture, music--anywhere one might get this sort of everyday life nudge.

When I originally began Mindful Mondays, I thought of it specifically as an avenue for sharing quotes, sometimes music; today, instead, I want to simply share a few things by which I have come to live.

at Canalside in May 2015, in my hometown, Buffalo, NY

Make peace with imperfection.  You are who/ what/ how/ where you are.  You are not perfect, nor should you be, but you are you and that is enough.  You can still be your BEST YOU!

Be patient, accepting, and appreciative with things that come and go.  Sometimes people/ things/ places/ feelings/ and opportunities leave your life almost as quickly as they came.  Life flows along and you must go along for the ride--more of a literal "go with the flow."

Take time to breathe and soak it in.  By "it," I mean this beautiful, outrageous world within which we live.  We've been brought here at this time and place to experience all that life has to offer and we need to remember just what a miracle each day is.  Look at the trees, feel the breeze, step on the grass (in your bare feet), and take note of just how awesome our world is.  Then just breathe.  You can get back to your busy life afterwards.

Be kind.  This is so easy to tell children, but sometimes commenting online, criticizing people from your parish, or judging the people near you in the grocery store seems totally appropriate (or at least silent/ anonymous).  Work to be kind in your words, thoughts, and actions.  It will change your life and might even help others out as well.

Be generous with your time/ energy/ money/ attention.  Stuff is just stuff, and although we all need a few items, giving--especially things you no longer use--to those in need is a wonderful feeling.  Giving your time, energy, and attention to people and causes you support (as well as to YOURSELF) is even more meaningful!

These are a few simple ways to find peace in your life and start to focus on what really matters, which is what Making Mindfulness is all about.

What are your suggestions for Making Mindfulness?  Leave them in the comments below.

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