And another promise: Less clutter. More peace. (Create peace of mind, for you and your family, by making decisions now so they don’t have to later.)
Now I am proposing that the whole process really starts here: More mindfulness. Less clutter. (The more mindful you are of your environment, your thoughts, and your actions, the less clutter you will have in all areas of your life.)
Each month a topic is announced. Once in a while I skip because I don’t have anything suitable to submit, and also don’t have the inclination to write something new. This was almost one of those months. Until I became more….um….mindful of the topic (which was mindfulness).
What is mindfulness, anyway?
Mindfulness is the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something.
Easy to say, not as easy to do. That’s why people practice mindfulness by meditating, doing yoga, coloring, and such.
I searched my entire website for the word mindfulness. Nada.
Then I tried mindful, aware, awareness, notice, noticeable, conscious, and other variations.…and got lots more hits.
The fact is, whether or not I have used the word before, mindfulness is the key to, well, EVERYTHING. Is it not?
It’s like in my post “Those Magic Little Words”, where some people resonate with one phrase or another that all mean the same thing.
The more mindful we are of our environment, the more we….
- notice our clutter and can do something about it.
- can make changes in our space that make life easier and more pleasant.
The more mindful we are of our actions…
- the more we remember to put our things away and not let them end up as mystery piles.
- the fewer mistakes we make.
The more mindful we are of how we spend our time….
- the less time it takes to do what we have to do, freeing up more time for what we want to do.
- the fewer opportunities we miss.
The more mindful we are of how we spend our money…
- the more we can save toward our financial goals.
- the less we are surprised by late fees and undesired automatic (or lapsed) re-subscriptions.
The more mindful we are of our stuff, and how we use it…
- the more grateful we are for what we have.
- the easier it is to organize and maintain.
- the fewer new purchases are necessary.
Mindfulness is just paying attention
…to our surroundings (so we can be safe).
…to how we feel when people treat us badly (so we can stand up for ourselves or avoid them).
…to our health (so we can keep it).
What other examples can you think of where being more mindful will help make your – anyone’s — life better?
Please leave a comment. I’d love to know what you think!
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