…mindful…

Have you ever been driving on a road trip and be driving and realize that you don’t remember the past 20 miles or so, but you’re totally awake?

Or your sitting at your desk eating candy while working to look down and realize a mound of fun size Twix wrappers are piled on your desk, but you completely blacked out on remember the taste of each one?

Or There are times when you in the middle of a conversation with a friend and scrolling through your Facebook page feed and in the middle of your friend speaking say, “Wait, what was that again?”

I can relate to all of these instances where I find myself not really present in the moment or taking care of what I’m doing. And then I end up doing things that don’t make sense like eating several Twix fun size candy bars when I’m not hungry, but rather bored. Or I end up ignoring my friend and miss out on a meaningful conversation.

It happens to the best of us when we don’t take the time to think. Instead we do what we feel is right and moves us in the moment. We don’t think about consequences or effects. I know that when I am more mindful, I make better choices for myself. Whether it’s planning ahead in my day to schedule a work out, or thinking about whether I need to eat a Snickers or just take a walk around my office to reenergize myself. It all comes down to being mindful.

Busy schedules, rationalizing bad habits, boredom, and ingratitude can all lead to not being aware or not being mindful. It is always easier to take the easy route, but not necessarily always beneficial.

I want to be mindful in my daily activities. Being mindful of being grateful for what I have and taking the time to thank God for the blessings in my life which leads to joy. Being mindful of how I take care of my body and what I eat leads to feeling healthy and good about my body. Being mindful about my interactions with others in a meaningful way leads to deeper relationships.

So in the busy, crazy times take a moment to step back and be mindful because a mindful moment can help you to take the time to ask yourself what do I really need right now and what do I really need to do?

What areas of your life do you need to be more mindful in?

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