Tuesday's post, Simple Things, explored slowing down and enjoying the moment as a way to cultivate more joy and heartfulness in our lives. I love to find the joy in small moments! But I want to add something--it's not the thing happening in that moment that brings me true joy, it's the practice of showing up alive to the moment.
There are lots of beautiful things happening in our small moments that we may totally miss. And other things that we notice but don't savor.
The Simple Things practice is about intentionally turning toward beauty and joy in the present moment, noticing and savoring it. The truth is that every single moment has so many different elements--physical sensations and experiences, emotions, thoughts, connections--that I always have a wide range of things I can pay attention to. By intentionally turning toward beauty, I build the habit of connecting with it. This lightens me up, raising my frequency and opening my heart to the goodness around me.
Will you join me? What's beautiful in your direct experience right now?
I'm a mom, wife, daughter, friend, and teacher who has long struggled with the desire to be the perfect person I imagine that I should be. Practicing mindfulness helps me find peace with my imperfect journey--being with myself as I truly am, loving my family as they are, and showing up for a messy world with openness and compassion.