Mindfullness, and back to producing

This summer I was mindful of a lot of changes in my life.

I have been doing a lot of writing, and I have a plan to turn many of the thoughts that are on this website into a book. The background for this is interesting. For a few years after I retired, I kept my schedule free to learn what I wanted to learn and to do the things that I wanted to do without a strict schedule. This allowed me to develop this website, a process that was like going back to graduate school! I couldn’t have done it without a lot of help, especially from Susanna Perkins. (See her website:www.wpbuildingblocks.com.)

I was the legal guardian of my sister, who suffered from mental illness and dementia, and then my delight, my beauty, my grandson was born! I was one of his caretakers working with him on Mondays and Fridays while his parents were at work. In addition, I was a volunteer at the Minneapolis Institute of Art three or four days a month.

All of this left me with little time to work on my website, so relatively little has been done. However, this Spring my sister’s illness reached its end and she had a peaceful death. Once the summer came my grandson didn’t need my caretaking because his mother, a teacher has been home to be with him.

So! I suddenly had time! What could I do to have something to show for all of this time off? Okay, I’ll write a book, and I’ll start paying attention to my website.

Readers, please make some comments in the comment section below and let me know what you want some help with. What gets you agitated? What causes you pain? What calming works for you and what does not? I can either help you myself of direct you to places where others can help you.

Today’s topic was going to be mindfulness, but I have already said a lot. I’ll say more tomorrow, but let me start with what I mean by mindfulness. Mindfulness is similar to focus: Pay attention to the present. Be aware of yourself, being aware of your environment. Ignoring interruptions when possible. It requires a determination to stay in the present, and appreciating and accepting whatever is, at the moment.

More to come in my next post.

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