What's happening right now that you love?
Look, listen, feel, smell, taste, connect. What do you notice that brings you joy?
A mason jar of flowers from my garden.
Talking with an old friend.
A very quiet house.
Knowing my kids are home and safe.
All of these things could be in my experience without my even noticing them. I could be thinking about everything that bugged me today. But happily, I get to choose whether to notice the things that bring me joy. Right now I'm choosing to attend--on purpose--to the beauty.
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.