M I N D F U L
It is all part of goal planning for the year ahead.
In 2014 I did a heart mapping course which helped me establish a theme for the year and core values. The 2014 theme was "Enough" - I am enough. It did tie in with my life as 2014 was a year of setting boundaries with people and having to believe that regardless of their reactions to those boundaries I am enough. I am worthy of love and belonging just as I am. Too often I had allowed myself to go without acceptance just to keep the peace. That changed with the boundaries.
2015 rolled around and I at the back of my mind was the thought that I needed to look at a theme for the year. There is a lot of change going on this year. And most of it will be setting up the path for the next 5 years or so. I thought about doing another heart mapping course or going through my 2014 notes and working out my 'word' for the year. Of course I've had quite a start to the year so hadn't got that far yet.
Part of what I am doing is my Morning Pages (read up on Julia Cameron - The Artist's Way). I also found a wonderful blog space which gives a variety of writers space to share their thoughts ... http://www.elephantjournal.com and my word for the year just popped into my head 2 days ago. I believe that through the writing and reading and being open to ideas I was able to work it out without going through a process. And perhaps that is the way it should be.
So the word is :
M I N D F U L
I've spent a fair amount of time over the last couple of months reading about mindful living. Being present. I am most certainly guilty of spending far too much time worrying about what has happened or what might happen. Time to get out of that mindset. Realise I have one life and one time to live it and that time is now. Now that I've successfully learnt to set boundaries and am able to say no without feeling guilty I need to now make sure that the time I have freed up is being used meaningfully and adding value to my life.
The point though is not to just have a 'word'. The word itself does have meaning but within there needs to be more meaning (well for me anyway) - sort of like that mission statement. A framework and reason for being. So I've spent the last 2 days thinking about the letters of the word and how it fits into mindful living in context with my life.
So this is my framework for MINDFUL living in 2015...
M - being true to Myself
I - being Intelligently Informed
N - being emotionally, physically, mentally Nourished
D - being Dedicated to being in the present moment and to my truth
F - having FUN
U - being my Unique self
L - Living with Love in my heart every day
I am going to do a piece of artwork with this and put it up where I can see it every day. Whether I am reading a book, engaging with the kids, playing with dogs or just watching the rain I want to be in the moment - feel it all.
Here is to a MINDFUL 2015.