M I N D F U L N E S S, noun. | happy new year.

M I N D F U L N E S S, noun.
1. the quality or state of being aware or conscious of something.
2. a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.

Maintaining moment by moment awareness and acceptance. Paying attention to what is happening here and now, not necessarily what is wrong or right, good or bad.

A descriptive, not prescriptive, way of living.

To reduce stress. To strengthen my mind, body, and soul. To re-evaluate my priorities. To realize and experience the good in me and what’s around me. To acknowledge the bad and be wise enough to know whether or not it’s worth worrying about.

To dig and mine for the diamonds in the rough instead of letting the rough cause me to stumble and lose my way. To treasure those diamonds for being present amidst the rough. And when and if I lose my way, to never stop looking for my way back.

To love well. To live well. Realizing a life more abundant isn’t about abundance of things but of life.

  • read more books. knock out some of that “to read” list.
  • work out at least 3x each week because it makes me feel strong.
  • write at least twice every week—even if it’s a shitty rough draft.
  • spend less time on my phone doing stupid things, wasting time, hiding away from reality.
  • be more intentional with the people i care about.
  • host more get-togethers at the house.
  • read the bible—all of it.
  • journal through my anxiety and darker moments.
  • create more. cosmos in chaos.
  • be more present when it matters.
  • say what i mean, mean what i say.
  • care more; worry less.
  • run a 5K.
  • do more good; no more laziness!
  • envy and jealousy, comparing and contrasting stories, feeling lesser or higher because of where someone else is—NO MORE OF THAT.

mindfulness.
bravery.
presence.
intentionality.

Here’s to the New Year. May it be a mindful one.

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