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wisdom of dogs, Issue #044-- Year of mindfulness
December 31, 2021

A Year of Mindfulness

After a year of this practice, I expected I would have mastered the art of mindfulness. Alas that was not to be.

I am better. But far short of mastery.

Improvements

I have learned to pay attention to my body. I listen now to what it tells me, I notice when my shoulders tense up and creep toward my ears. I relax them.

I am making time every day – okay most days – to be mindful.

My big accomplishment is creating a habit of moments. Short bursts of mindfulness throughout my day.

I notice a beautiful weed while on my walk.

I pause to watch the birds eating winter berries.

I take a few extra moments to enjoy the warmth of Sandy’s fur as I pet her.

Small Gifts

I give myself these little gifts. I don’t rush quite as much as I did a year ago. I give myself time to breath, to enjoy the moment.

I hope this habit continues. That’s the point of a habit, right? It’s automatic. You don’t have to think about it. I want mindfulness to be that for me.

I will continue to make space for it and maybe it will spread and grow, becoming more and more until mindfulness becomes a default.

Sandy sighs as she waits for me to finish this post and get back to important things like walks and snacks. Mindfully of course!

My Hope for You

I hope you find mindfulness. Tell me how it works for you by reaching out with the contact form here at: life-with-dogs.html

Happy Tail Wags

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