I spent new year’s eve with my college roomate and teammate, chatting, nibbling on snacks and knitting. A few days before I saw her, she asked me to teach her to knit. She was so exicted after purchasing the yarn that she taught herself to knit beforehand.
It was a wonderful way to slow down, evaluate our positions in life at the moment and the previous year, and enjoy time together. In the past week, she had intentionally slowed down each evening to knit and reflect on her day.
My new year’s promise is to work on becoming more organised for things that matter and to get past the things that don’t. I already have moments of mindfulness in my week; rowing on the river or falling asleep at night, but I want to expand my attention throughout the day. The starting place to begin this year was as simple as unsubscribing from unwanted emails. I hope that this organisation enables me to remind myself of the things that are important, particularly slowing down and being in the present. When eating, commuting, re-stocking shelves of yarn while working, and anywhere inbetween.
What are your successes or struggles with achieving mindfulness?
Happy New Year!