Pay Attention To What’s Going On In Your Day And You Will Find Joy In Your Life.

Pay Attention To What’s Going On In Your Day And You Will Find Joy In Your Life.

I woke up this morning with the intent that I would be mindful of my day and I really thought that I was but, it wasn’t till I started to journal; when I realized how much the little things in my day really meant to me. “The little things? The little moments? They aren’t little.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn

My daughter was labeled as autistic at 2 years old, she’s 9 now. Every now and then she speaks to me and her dad and every time we’re excited and amazed. Todays amazing thing . . . she got on her school bus all by herself.

“The best way to capture moments is to pay attention. This is how we cultivate mindfulness.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn 

The little things in my life comes across to me as WOW moments and when I write out the 5 things that I’m grateful for it doesn’t take very long.

“The feeling that any task is a nuisance will soon disappear if it is done in mindfulness.” – Thích Nhất Hạnh

Yes! There’s a bunch of stuff in my day that I just don’t feel like doing, but you know, that’s when discipline shows up. The difference between what happened and excuses is our discipline. Discipline will get us what we want by getting our tasks done. When we motivate ourselves to do the work that we don’t feel like doing, it creates discipline which turns into habits and our change in habits is a change in our subconscious.

Social Experiment: Be mindful of your day, Write down what stood out to you the most, Write down 5 things that your grateful for today, Write down what you didn’t feel like doing, but did any way, Write down how completing that task made you feel and if it felt like it took long or not. Then read everything you wrote and notice how you feel about your day.

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Author: Ericka Bates

Hello! I'm Ericka Bates. I am a wife and mother of 2. Totally nosey with the ability to read. Therefore a great researcher. Things I like to look into autism treatments, health, meditation, and personal development. In much of my findings with autism, stress came up a lot. Stress turned out to be the cause for most health problems. Know what can defeat stress? Meditation! Meditation is not only a great way to get rid of stress, but it's also used to reduce anxiety, depression, anger, lower blood pressure and increase your creativity. There are many forms of meditation and right now I am actively practicing 4. I sit quietly and watch my breath. At first this was hard. My mind kept wondering, I was sitting in thought. Now my mind still wonders some, but I think that I'm getting the hang of it. Hey, practice makes perfect right. Walking is my favorite form of meditation. I listen to a podcast while walking and when I'm done I feel relaxed. Gratefulness or Gratitude is another good one. When I get upset, I stop and think okay, what's five things that's good about this situation. This calms me down and makes me feel better. Like the saying goes happiness is a choice and I wanna be happy. Happiness just doesn't show up you have to produces that kind of energy for yourself. Visualization is the fourth form of meditation I practice. I have a vision board with pictures of the things I want and the things I want to do. The pictures are fun to find, cut out, arrange, pin up and their nice to look at every day. Because your only choosing the things you like and want to do makes this form of meditation a joy to have in your life. It wasn't hard making meditation a part of my every day life. Now I feel that meditation is the foundation to anyone's personal development. Hopefully you'll find a form or forms of meditation that's just right for you too.

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