Being present in the theme for day 6. It’s one that I struggle with a lot. I think many people can relate, being actually present is too freaking difficult, especially if you constantly have a chattery mind. It’s easy to get swept up in our cell phones, social media, television, Netflix and just your average procrastination. What sucks is I’ve worked really hard to diminish my dependency on my phone when I’m around company. So far it’s been great, but sometimes I notice my company not doing the same. Which is a bit saddening, but that’s how things work now. With time and patience it’s definitely a possibly to jump the hurdle of forgetting the present and being actually present, but it’s worth it. Like Kanye said “my presence is a present” and that goes for how we treat our own present. It’s a gift and before we know it, poof, it’ll pass us by. So pay attention!
Omg it’s day 5 and it’s a play date!!! Well kind of, today we’re expected to play. As I’ve gotten older, I have noticed that some things seem to get really serious. Myself included. Some situations and issues seemed extremely heavy and I just forgot how to be and even forgot myself, who I am deep down. Well, lucky for me I have good friends and one in particular reminded me to have fun. When she said it, the words hit me like a ton of bricks, but she’s right. I need to have fun. We all do. Once we forget to freaking smile and just laugh, well everything loses it’s luster and point. In honor of having fun, day 5 is all about that. Go to a playground and swing on a swing. Even better if you have kids to do it with, you’ll look less suspect haha. If that’s not your thing, ride a bike, make a snowman if you can, dance to some nostalgic music, go sing karaoke whatever you can think of that you find fun really. The world is your oyster, take advantage.
Smell is the theme for day 4 and I gotta say, it’s kind of a big deal to me. I cannot stand bad smells, like ever and I’ve always been very conscious of my own smells. But in this case, it’s more in reference to smelling the beautiful scents that surround us, with intention. Perhaps you have some essential oils that you can diffuse. Or maybe you can buy some flowers and have a sniff. Some things to keep in mind are how you feel after smelling certain scents. For instance, lavender promotes a restful sleep, while vanilla lifts your mood, and orange boosts your mood. My personal favorite is ylang ylang can help soothe an overactive mind. What’s not to love? So folks, get to sniffing…mindfully.
So today I decided to wake up earlier so that I could complete my yoga practice and meditation. I also wanted to get in some photos and of course my day 3 ritual. For the 3rd day of the month, the focus is on renewal. Focus on nature as a backdrop to what you’d like to refresh and regenerate. Too do this, you can spend some time just looking into the sky, walking in the park, woods, listening to the sounds outdoors like dogs barking, birds singing, trees rustling, watch the sunset, and perhaps grab some rocks to remember to ground yourself. Try it out, it doesn’t hurt. I know it’s cold for some of us, but if you can, try to take even just 3 minutes outside. Maybe accompany your smoker friend on their quick break, haha. Basically, get creative.
Following yesterdays post about the New Year and me taking on the first 12 days to ensure I have a year full of love, prosperity, and joy! Today’s theme is Love. Now when I say love, I’m not talking about loving another person, family, or friends, although all of that is important, I’m talking about self love. This is something that has been really important to me. Working on self love. I think everyone could use a lil loving…of themselves that is.
Love is a funny thing because everyone has a different definition of what love is. This is why it’s so important to start understanding how you interpret love. Do you define it through gifts, affirmations, gestures, affection etc? All of those are valid and true to whichever works for you. I’m bit on self talk and being more compassionate with myself. I noticed, I treat everyone else with such patience and understanding, but I don’t do the same with myself. Why?
To treat this, I took time today to meditate, do some yoga, and started a conversation with myself. I suggest we all start carving out 20 minutes of our day to just be with ourselves. Start asking yourself How can I be more loving today? Then see what comes to you. It could be as simple as allowing yourself to take a nap. Or reaching out to your cousin and just letting them know you love them. Or simply holding the door for someone. Who knows? Your inner being does. Why not spend some time with yourself and treating yourself to some good loving. Bath time anyone?