When you look around your house and see it full to the brim, what do you think?
Do you think, “Wow, I live an amazing, full life and my house is a perfect reflection of that!” Or do you think, “If only I could find “x” I could get on with things.” If you’re in the second camp then a bit of spring-cleaning might be in order.
Most often we think of spring-cleaning as de-cluttering our possessions. But did you ever think of doing some spring training for your brain with daily mindfulness?
I sometimes think of standing in my childrens’ shoes as they head off for university. What would excite me enough to devote years of study to?
It would be neuroscience.
I am fascinated by the workings of the mind and the brain and how they affect so much of our experience of life. More often than not the books stacking up in my reading pile are about the wild reaches in the mind-body connection.
Many people I’ve talked to this year have made flow their word of the year. It’s one of those words that makes your mind and body just go “aaahhh.” We won’t resist, we’ll go with the things that present themselves. It will all be good.
Listening mindfully is a key skill to build the strong bonds of love.
I’m just finishing up making beef Bourguignon for Christmas Eve dinner. One of the many heartfelt things we do to show our friends and families how much they mean to us. In our family, every two years we congregate from far and wide to celebrate together. We look forward to it for months. We plan and prep for these two weeks for two months. This year is interesting as the first wave of children return from school and we see how they are growing into adults. There are different ideas, diets, friends, beliefs, and values to share and watch evolve.
It’s hard to turn around without hitting something on mindfulness and meditation. Articles are popping up all the time in magazines and online media. What’s really exciting is that some of the studies are beginning to bring science to the kind of situations we’re all familiar with – like craving chocolate and wishing you could stop, or whether you’re going to get to sleep tonight.
We all have a space in our heart — every one of us – that longs for connection and meaning. We all want to feel like our life, our efforts, our relationships matter, at least in some small way, to other people in this world. It’s a very vulnerable spot within us and we spend most of our lives trying to protect it.