I have been challenged to be more mindful lately. IT’s something I’ve been trying to incorporate into my life over the past few years.
Coming from a life that was pretty disengaging, into a more engaging one, is a consistent struggle.
I’ve had moments of mindfulness in my days, and this is what it has looked like in the past 24 hours.
Yesterday I took the day off, after being off most of the week for being sick. I already had the day pre-planned off… I spent the day doing some self care, shopping and getting my hair done. I came home, cleaned the house and worked on a painting. I am including it below, but will describe it and where my mind wandered and how I pulled myself back.
I had the background of this painting painted, and hasn’t known what to add to it because it hadn’t seemed complete. It dawned on me a few weeks ago, but I had been fighting the urge to do it, and I think it’s because there are a lot of positive words on there I wasn’t sure I was able to own up to.
As I was doing it, I had to look up positive self affirmation words. For someone who doesn’t talk to herself positively, it can be challenging to think of positive words. The words I had a hard time writing were valued, gorgeous, eye-catching, desirable, able and pretty. Those are words I have not practiced saying to myself, or feel true. I felt uncomfortable and embarrassed. I do have to say, I checked out briefly, I was watching tv, and our cable guy came to fix our cable box.