I come from a very patriotic family and on a day like today, I am proud to be an American. My father served in the Army during World War II. My only brother is a Vietnam War Veteran. My husband is also a Vietnam War Veteran. My nephew served in the Army during peace time. My oldest daughter is currently serving in the Army, stationed in Baltimore, MD, as a First Lieutenant. Our family has been blessed by this privilege and we are fortunate that they carried out and are carrying out their service safely.
As an avid history buff and social studies teacher, I am aware of the importance of studying history. We study history to learn what happened and why things happened. Hopefully, we can learn from past events and behaviors and avoid getting ourselves and our country in the same situation.
Memorial Day is when we honor are fallen service members who paid the ultimate price while protecting Americans and our freedoms. To their families, I thank you and salute you. Know that your loved are remembered and prayed for.
Like the vibrant colors in this picture, mindfulness is an active process in experiencing our thoughts and actions in a very conscious effort or with intention.
Mindfulness is a state of active open attention to the present. Maintaining mindfulness requires active participation in living. For me, my journey toward mindfulness is a work in progress as I work at living in each moment and awaken to each experience. At first the practice of mindfulness can appear to be a struggle, but, with practice is achievable. Mindfulness can be applied to all activities–writing, gardening, knitting, and sewing.
There are several steps in my mindfulness journey. The first is let go of my conscious thought and focus my energy and mind on the current task I’m doing. I work at savoring each experience. When faced with challenges along the task, I acknowledge and accept them without judgment and then refocus on my task. Deep breathing throughout the tasks helps to keep me centered and allows me to develop a rhythmic flow.
Let me use my knitting to demonstrate these steps. With my knitting in my lap, I focus on the tapping of my knitting needles and the feel of the yarn as it passes over my fingers. I marvel at each stitch and row. I work on savoring this experience.. I also concentrate on steadying my breathing to help me increase my awareness of my knitting. I become engrossed in my knitting and develop a rhythmic flow. If my chance, I drop a stitch I don’t let it bother me. I accept it, correct it, and continue with my knitting. I do not waste time chastising myself. Deep breaths help me to remain focused on my knitting. The end result is mindfulness knitting or knitting in the moment. My mindful knitting becomes a vibrant experience. Bright and full of energy.
If you are looking for a Valentine’s Day present for a young child then mark your calendar to participate in another Goodreads Giveaway for a signed copy of “Bekah’s First Adventure” begins on 1/31/2017 and runs through 2/8/17. Here is the link for the giveaway. Https://www.goodreads.com/giveway/show.
In this book you will meet Bekah, A King Charles Cavalier Spaniel and learn how she conquers her fear when she leaves her home in Arizona and travels to Nevada to be adopted. Young readers will accompany Bekah through the process of her transition into her new family.