MMMM: Mindfulness, Meditation and Mental health May- is a month of quotes, books and (sometimes unexpected) resources to reflect on, to help have a happier, more mindful life.
Quote of the day:
“It stands to reason that anyone who learns to live well will die well. The skills are the same: being present in the moment, and humble, and brave, and keeping a sense of humor”
― Victoria Moran, Younger by the Day: 365 Ways to Rejuvenate Your Body and Revitalize Your Spirit
There are many different types of endings: saying goodbye when you leave a job, getting rid of clothes or items you don’t use/need anymore, death of course, the end of single life when you get married, the end of how your relationship with someone is currently when they get a partner or baby…
You may have heard of Marie Kondo, and her tips on de-cluttering. While I think that there is actually a balance- that having less makes you happy, but getting things also makes you happy, one thing she recommends really stood out to me. She asks us to let go of things that used to make us happy but no longer do, by thanking it for its role in our lives. I think this can be applied to almost all other endings we need to pass through. Change and endings are usually stressful and painful- the old is missed and the new is feared. Letting go can be hard. Or maybe we are running from the old because it was bad in many ways, and are leaving with sour memories. When it comes time to change, in any way big or small, try to think back over what it is that is ending- acknowledge the place it played in your life- the joy it gave you, the lessons you learnt, the people you interacted with. For better or worse, it is now a part of you life story. Embrace the good memories as part of you life’s tapestry, and accept the bad as challenges you had to face. And move forward knowing you fill find more joy, and conquer more challenges.
And so it is the end of my mini May challenge! Although people haven’t been commenting much, my views and follows suggest that people are appreciating the mental health and mindfulness focus of these posts, so I am thinking of continuing with a Mental Health Monday post, or something similar. Maybe with the option to link up your own mental health and mindfulness posts? What do you think?