Thursday, October 12, 2017

Becoming more Mindful

What is mindfulness? It really is becoming more present in every moment of the day. It is turning off the auto pilot when we going about our daily routines. 

It is something that Mike and I seem to talk about quite a bit. We often discus how we can become more mindful and how we can teach our children to be mindful in their lives as well. 

I borrowed a book from the library called "Mindful Monkey, Happy Panda" By Lauren Alderfer and Kerry Lee MacLean. What a wonderful book! My girls loved it and it was a great way to talk about living a more mindful live. Although it was written for children, I found it so helpful for myself as well! It was a great  reminder to be present in each moment of the day. 

Now I'll be honest I'm still working on training my brain to slow down or turn off, instead of continually thinking of what I need to be doing next. I have a goal that one day I can do even the most mundane task and still be able to be present in that moment and even be thankful for that task. 

Honestly I feel like my girls are really good at this all end, whither they are playing, colouring or cleaning. You can tell that is all they are thinking about, they are enjoying the moment and truly living in it. 

Maybe I don't really need to teach them how to be mindful but remind them not to forget how to do it as they grow old and become more and more caught up in the idea that life is a race instead of a journey. 

mindfulness quote Jon kabat zinn


  1. I hear you! I remember when we went to the presentation together (I can't remember her name...) and she talked about being present. I asked her how I could do it at the end of the day with all these kids when I'm tired and things can get a bit crazy, and she was basically like, "you can't." Maybe she was trying to be encouraging and not make people feel bad who struggle with being present at all, but I was skeptical of her response. And everything I've been reading since then has contradicted her statement. It is possible. It's just a skill you have to learn, like everything else!

  2. I love your post so much. You explaines Mindfulness in a very simple and deep way

  3. This is such a good post I am on a journey to mindfulness too. great job

  4. Children really are the perfect examples of how to be mindful. I’m working at becoming more mindful myself...lying in the hammock focusing on nature, interacting with my children in a peaceful and content way, enjoying a relaxing meal together—there are so many ways to increase one’s mindfulness. Definitely a worthy pursuit!

  5. every mamma should read and understand this. this is so important to take a break and access whats happening around !

  6. Thank you for sharing these words from your heart. I believe that mindfulness is a moment to moment practice, allowing us to expand our ever evolving consciousness . As long as we are alive, opportunity exists to practice. I really love how you are integrating this practice & enlisting your children to embody intentional living. Blessings on your beautiful journey and thank you for being the Light. ❤️ Evelyn | 🦋

  7. That is a great read on being more mindful. I am letting you know I am nominating you for the Liebster Award