Mindfully Aware in 2016

When I started this post I wasn’t sure if I wanted to use the word “awareness” or “mindfulness”. Initially it was “awareness”. So I googled the definition of both:

awareness: 1. knowledge or perception of a situation or fact. 2. concern about and well-informed interest in a particular situation or development.

mindfulness: 1. the quality or state of being conscious or aware 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.

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I was hoping it would help me make a clearer choice for the word that I wanted to define me in 2016. Now I’m learning towards a blend of both perhaps? I think I’m over thinking it. 🙂

Things that will be good to have a higher awareness of in 2016:

  1. Myself. The quality of what I’m putting into my body and what I’m putting my body through on a daily basis. This is going to be a huge one for me personally. I turn 40 this year and by the time that comes (December) I strive to have achieved a significant goal for how I take care of myself.
  2. My work. I feel like my creativity struggled towards the end of 2015. I want to have a higher awareness of what I’m doing that prohibits my creativity so that I knock it off. I am also looking forward to inserting myself in (or being invited to hopefully) more situations that allow me to be creative. Being creative is just plain fun, especially when I get to create things that will help others.
  3. The environment. We could look at this one a couple different ways. You probably first thought of our planet and doing things like recycling, going green, etc. This is all fine and good but for me I’m thinking of the actual environment I’m in at any given moment. This is another big one for me. For example, if I’m around a bunch of friends that I don’t get to see very often I want to make the most of the environment I’m in at that moment. This means putting the phone away, looking people in the eye, and having rich face to face conversation. This also means being aware of the time I’m giving (or perhaps not giving) to my kids. I guess that was all to say I need to be fully present in the moment no matter where that might be. This can take on a lot of forms.
  4. Wearing others’ shoes. No, I don’t mean literally, but I do mean making a more conscious effort to think about and/or understand what someone else might be needing or feeling whether that be related to work or home. I have always felt like I have had the gift of being able to get a good read on someone but I want to hone it even more. Feels kinda like I’m a Jedi in training when I think about this one.
  5. The little things. This one could go with any of the others above I suppose. I’ve always said it’s the little things in life that can sometimes have the biggest impact on someone. A quick note of encouragement, doing something for someone when they weren’t expecting it, or just being a listening ear. It could also be taking in an extra moment to appreciate the beauty of the world around us. As Ferris Bueller said, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

So now that I’ve written this maybe I should resolve to be more “mindfully aware” in 2016. 🙂

Happy New Year!

 

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