Mindfulness

Today has been a very good day. I feel like it was a relaxing without being lazy. Know what I mean?

This morning I woke up at a ridiculous hour so I watched Netflix until I decided to make myself breakfast. I fixed a big bowl of oatmeal topped with cashews, a green smoothie and a chai latte.Image After I finished breakfast and my puzzles my mom and I went to Whole Foods and to Harris Teeter to do our grocery shopping. We planned our menu based on the weekly specials at Harris Teeter and we ended up saving 85 dollars! I couldn’t believe it and I don’t know why we didn’t start looking at specials sooner.

Anyways, on the drive to and from I read a book that Mary lent me. It focuses on mindful eating and the introduction compares its similarity to Buddhism. It also describes the different types of mindless eating. I was a little shocked because I have always thought mindless eating meant over eating and eating out of boredom, but it can also mean that you are starving yourself because you aren’t being mindful about what your body needs. There are four main foundations: mindfulness of the mind, mindfulness of body, mindfulness of thoughts and mindfulness of feelings. Using those techniques has been used to as part of treatment for many illnesses including cancer, depression, sleep problems, etc. So starting this reading was very interesting. I found myself really wanting to become mindful of everything connected to my mind and body. It was a little hard for me to differentiate between mindfulness of mind and mindfulness of thought. They both seemed like the exact same thing. I saw small differences, but I don’t know if I will be able to classify certain states or thoughts as the right thing. But maybe separating the two isn’t the importance part, I think as long as I am becoming mindful of what is occurring inside of me I am doing the exercise correctly. I am sure that as I continue reading those things will become a little clearer to me.

When I got home I helped unpack all of the groceries and then I got started on my making my lunch. I fixed quinoa mixed with veggies and andouille sausage. I also had an apple and yogurt. Image

After lunch I went to the barn to get another ride in before winter weather strikes again. Vinnie was hot headed when I was lunging him. Maybe it was because it was windy? He was having some major separation anxiety because he was whinnying over and over and he would race around and jump straight up in the air, throwing bucks into the mix. To me is was quite funny. He was acting like he was at a show! Then when I got on him he was perfectly fine. I tried to make his mind work a little. I mixed in some figurines and then tried to switch is up between the gaits in an unpredictable way. I was so pleased with him 🙂 Right when I finished untacking Vinnie, Barb and Elizabeth showed up to visit Kasino. I haven’t seem them in ages so it was nice to talk and catch up for a while! Overall it was a great day at the barn!Image

For my snack I had my last piece of banana bread with cinnamon cream cheese spread on top.Image Then I got to work on making a dessert creation… I will let you know tomorrow how it turns out!

I got a few random things done before dinner. My mom made turkey chili and I had it over pasta with a sprinkle of cheese and plain greek yogurt. It was warm and tasty! Image

Now I am slowly winding down from the day. It feels good to sprawl out on the couch! So this weekend I feel like I accomplished a great deal. I also heard from two friends that I haven’t heard from in a while. Liz is going to be driving through the area on Saturday so we are planning to meet somewhere for lunch. I am so excited to see her! I have no idea where I am gong to suggest we meet. I was a local place but I want it to be a convenient location as well. I will have some thinking to do… Then I heard from an ex who has been a really good friend to me. I haven’t talked to him in a really long time so it was nice to exchange texts. He and I have always easily talked to each other about everything and anything so even though it had been months and months, we were able to talk like we never fell out of contact. Maybe we will keep in touch on a regular basis or maybe it will be another couple of months before I hear from him again, but it was a welcome surprise. Hearing from old friends always feels good, doesn’t it?

Tomorrow I am working at the Bulls so it will be a busy day! I hope you had a fantastic weekend!

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2 thoughts on “Mindfulness

  1. So I was reading my latest addition of Montessori Life…..flipping through the pages I came across an article on this very subject! Mindfulness such a useful strategy :). I am very proud of your continued strength and courage.

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