Mindfulness

“Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.” —Thich Nhat Hanh

One of the things I struggle with the most in my day to day life is being mindful, not only of my surroundings but also of myself. I believe it requires practice and a lot of discipline. I’ve tried to meditate many times, but I never stick with it. Ask me how many books on meditation I have, and I probably can tell you the number is bigger than the number of minutes I’ve actually spent in real meditation. I’m not giving up, though… I think it’s important to be present in everything we do.

When it comes to managing my chronic conditions, there is a lot of it that depends on what I eat. Mindful eating is one of the things I want to achieve and practice well. To know what I eat, to enjoy what I eat and to be aware of what it does to my body; also to learn to choose what I put in my mouth based on what I know because I pay attention to myself and how I feel. It’s a big task, let me tell you. Just a few minutes ago, before I sat down to type this post, I ate some cheese curds and I don’t even remember finishing the bag. That’s what I’m talking about.

I guess I’ll try it again… and I’ll probably fail again… but I won’t give up. Here’s a post I wrote a while ago on my old blog about being mindful.

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