Mindfulness May

Hello All! I have rather gotten into the habit of regular blogging after the April A to Z challenge, so I have decided to ease back into my more usual plan by having a mini focus for May as well. May is my birthday month, and I was thinking about how I would really like to try and enjoy it this year. I had a few years with stressful birthdays, where for several years in a row I had to do scary university presentations on my birthday, and also just lost that childhood magic as I became an adult. So, how to have a good birthday, I mused. Being happy and enjoying the good things would be a good aim, and I thought to myself, that sounds a lot like mindfulness, which is something I think I would really like to go back and focus on for a bit.

So I hereby introduce MMMM: Mindfulness, Meditation and Mental health May- a month of quotes, books and (sometimes unexpected) resources to reflect on.


Quote of the day:

“The most fundamental aggression to ourselves, the most fundamental harm we can do to ourselves, is to remain ignorant by not having the courage and the respect to look at ourselves honestly and gently.”
― Pema Chödrön, When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times


Resource of the Day:

Mindful in May course: If you would like to also focus on mindfulness, but are the type of person who like a bit more structure, you might like to consider this course. The aim is to do a 10 minute meditation each day in May, and you also gain access to talks by experts on wellbeing, and an online community of other people participating in the course.


Question of the Day:

What do you find difficult about looking at yourself honestly and gently? Is it more difficult to be honest with yourself, or to be gentle with yourself?

 

I think both can be hard at times- there are times when I am not honest with myself to get through the day, week month. I am a big on that lie we all tell- “it will be better when… X, Y or Z happens or finishes”. But then the times when I am being honest, I find there are things about who I am now that I don’t like.
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