Mindful Monday – Gratitude

A while back Downstairs and In Debt did a post on being thankful, and Debt Cents and Time did a similar post… It got me thinking about all the things that I am so lucky to have in my life.  And I don’t necessarily mean things in the sense of physical stuff that you can hold… I decided that I would think on it a bit and perhaps follow suit and write a post of my own.  (Sorry if I am copying your post without realizing it…)

I’ve read a lot of blog posts and some books that discuss leading a mindful life, and it is something that I aspire to.  I’d like to get to a point where I make the time to meditate and/or do yoga every day, but for now I’ll just work on trying to be aware of living mindfully and try to get out of the autopilot that I have a tendency to fall into.

So, for today’s project I wanted to think on a few little things that I am grateful or thankful for.  In no particular order…

  • Being Canadian.  I love my country.  It has it’s issues, but I’m very privileged to live here.
  • My health.  I am lucky that I haven’t yet been burdened with the physical or financial strains of any major illness or injury.  (knock-on-wood)
  • My fiance.  He’s my best friend and partner in everything.  I love him!
  • My job.  It challenges my brain and also pays for the lifestyle that I am lucky enough to lead.
  • Chocolate & Peanut Butter.  Mmmmm… So delicious…
  • Soccer.  Playing soccer has introduced me to so many of my close friends.  Plus it has the added benefit of helping my fitness.
  • My cats.  They are such goofballs, and add so much enjoyment to my days.
  • Travel.  I have had the opportunity to see a lot of the world already.  There are so many places I’d like to see still, but I love thinking back and remembering all the cool places I’ve been.

There are many, many more things that I could list, but I think that is enough for today.  I think I’ll share a couple of the photos from some of my travels:

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A Church in Sweden
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The Cliffs of Moher in Ireland

Do you ever think of living mindfully?  What are you thankful for?

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7 thoughts on “Mindful Monday – Gratitude

  1. I also think it’s really important to practice gratitude and mindfulness. I’m not always successful, but I do try. I am so very thankful for my husband, my family, my dog, living in Los Angeles and my health. I love your pictures from Sweden and Ireland. I haven’t been able to travel much at all (outside of the US) and I would love to do more of that. For now, I’ll just live vicariously through you!

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    • I definitely don’t focus enough on gratitude and mindfulness, but hopefully by reading and writing a few posts like this, it will help remind me…

      I was extremely fortunate with my traveling so far in life. My parents really value traveling, so they passed it down to my sister and me. My fiance hasn’t had much chance to travel much in his life, but I’ve taken him on a few smaller trips and I think I may have sparked a travel bug in him, which is awesome! Right now we are planning our honeymoon to Europe for next spring.

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  2. …I knew imMEdiately that it was the cliffs… ❤ I think it's great you didn't give a sh** about the "private ground" sign 😉 On the other hand – nearly no one does… I wouldn't want to miss any second of the times I sat right at the edges. It is such a different feeling than watching them from across the barriers with security men staring at your back…^^
    I like what you wrote about the autopilot thing. I am also trying to break free from that.

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