Tools for the Journey

In January, we will begin our next series, considering what tools we need for our journey to map our one wild and precious life. Don’t miss our first meeting of the year, Thursday the 5th, 9:30-11am, at Grace Church on Day Road. We look forward to kicking off 2017 with everyone.

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Our first tool to pack is mindfulness and presence, to ensure we are living intentionally and enjoying the journey, not merely focusing on the destination. “The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

The essence of mindfulness is to practice it with any activities you already are doing, throughout the day. Brushing your teeth…feel the brush across each tooth, across  your gums. Boiling water for tea…stop and listen with intent to the water bubbling as it starts to boil and the whistle begins in the tea kettle.  Running your hands through your hair…how does it feel in your hands? What are the sensations on your scalp and neck? Removing your shoes…whether you must untie laces or merely slip the shoes off, how do your feet feel as the pressure changes, when they first touch the ground, as you start to move your toes around?

Auto-pilot is easy to fall into, especially as moms who are juggling schedules, chauffeuring children and their accoutrement, ensuring everything is kept track of…keeping some kind of automatic to fall into may be the only thing keeping us sane. But what would the opposite give us? Intentional choices, attention to the present, awake to all that is happening in each individual moment. Remember, ‘yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today, right now, is a gift, which is why we call it the present.’

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