Mindfulness in September

Wow, times flies when you’re not paying attention!

As I pack up my kids with their sad faces and get them off to school, I can’t believe the summer is over. My oldest son keeps singing that Sarah McLachlan song as he mourns the loss of his awesome summer vacation. It is bittersweet for me to send  them off to school another year older and that much closer to being adults. Where has the time gone? It flies by when you aren’t present but going through the motions of living. I want to slow time down a little bit. I believe the solution is mindfulness.

I need to stop throughout my day and check in with my breath; even if it is only for 10 seconds. I need to be in the moment for a moment. So, I decided that my challenge for September is mindfulness. I’ve shared this challenge with my yoga community and asked them how they can pause and be in the moment this September.  Often, I don’t remember September because it is such a blur of work, school and soccer practices. When I come up for air in October, I exclaim,  “Wasn’t it just August?” I want to change that.  I want to be more mindful, more thoughtful and more peaceful.

Here are three ways I will practice mindfulness this September. 

First, I will schedule 5 minutes of meditation every morning as part of my morning walk. I am blessed to walk by several parks along the waterfront where I live. I will stop and pause and take in the view. Enjoy the flowers. I will pause. My walk will be about being in the moment and not just counting steps. I will make this part of my daily practice. Just 5 minutes to observe my breath and Mother Nature.

Second, I will eat without my electronic devices. I will pay attention to enjoying every bite of my food. When possible,  I will eat in silence and enjoy nourishing my body.

Third, I will practice gratitude when I feel overwhelmed, which I feel a lot.  I will remember that being present in this life is a blessing. Every situation I witness or I am a part of is an opportunity to learn, connect, and grow. I will take that opportunity when it presents itself.

My challenge to you for the month of September, is how can you incorporate mindfulness into your everyday life. Keep it small and simple, so it doesn’t overwhelm you. Showing up for your life can be a daunting task. Just do it one breath at a time.

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