Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a fun and safe weekend! Today’s quote is from the book “Wherever you go, There you are” by one of my favorite authors Jon Kabat-Zinn.
A brief background borrowed from his Wikipedia page, “Jon Kabat-Zinn is Professor of Medicine Emeritus and creator of the Stress Reduction Clinic and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Kabat-Zinn was a student of Buddhist teachers such as Thich Nhat Hanh and Zen Master Seung Sahn and a founding member of Cambridge Zen Center. His practice of yoga and studies with Buddhist teachers led him to integrate their teachings with those of science. He teaches mindfulness, which he says can help people cope with stress, anxiety, pain, and illness. The stress reduction program created by Kabat-Zinn, mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), is offered by medical centers, hospitals, and health maintenance organizations.”
In a day and time where we are constantly trying to figure out how to multi-task and fit more activities into one day, I think we often lose focus on what is important to us. This quote is simple yet speaks volumes. Something as easy as making a list can help us prioritize and declutter our lives.
So with pen in hand and my floral notebook from the dollar bin at Michaels, I sat myself down to ponder. My very first thought was, family. I want to raise my son in a family where we are loving, kind and compassionate to all walks of life. The next word that came to mind was, friends. I want to surround myself with individuals who have the same values and want to help themselves and others grow in life, not put them down. This last one was a recent topic of discussion with my husband and can be life changing for anyone and that is, health. We have agreed to go to the gym early in the mornings on the weekends to keep up our physical health and have the rest of the day for family time. Both physical and mental health are top priorities in our family. Have you ever heard the saying “You can’t pour from an empty cup“? You must take care of yourself physically, mentally and emotionally so you can provide that same love for those around you!
Once you have your list, it’s time to put these words into action! “Embody it”!
Type up your list on the computer with pretty fonts and print it! Practice that ‘brush lettering‘ techinque you’ve been wanting to learn! Make this list visible so you can spend a few minutes each morning, looking over it and refreshing your memory before the day begins!
What would be on your list??