What others have taught me about mindfulness

We have come to the final blog post in this series, and I want to thank you for reading this far.

I started this series for three reasons. Firstly, as the year is coming to an end, and my mindfulness practice is reaching its one year anniversary, I wanted to reflect on all that I have learned in the past year. Reflecting on what has happened, and looking forward to what life will bring me next, I am continuously reminded to bring these experiences with me to the present moment. Secondly, I wanted to share my thoughts about what my practice means to me, and how deeply ingrained in my life it has become. Finally, I am lucky to have had so many wonderful individuals in my life, who have helped me understand mindfulness from many perspectives, and I want to share my appreciation for them. So this last post is dedicated to them all.

Family

My family teach me love and acceptance as we grow and develop together. My mom, the amazing yogi, has taught me a great deal about the yoga way. My dad, the newly promoted grandfather, has taught me about unconditional love. My sisters have taught me about change and flexibility (and oh, so much patience!). You have made me who I am and for that I am grateful. 

Friends

My friends have taught me the power of friendship and the sense of belonging. No matter how far away we are from each other, you are my second family and my support system. My colleagues have taught me compassion. My teachers have taught me gratitude. You have made me who I am and for that I am grateful. 

Strangers

My ex has taught me to let go. People who have hurt me in the past have taught me forgiveness. Strangers teach me kindness every day. We are all interconnected. People we have never met have paved the way for us today. We can live in the now simply because the universe has come together to create us in this particular time and place. You have made me who I am and for that I am grateful. 

Myself

And finally, my practice has taught me a lot about myself. I have written about self-worth, body positivity, minimalism, overcoming binge eating disorder and acceptance. I learn to love myself more and more every day. I learn to accept myself the way I am. I learn to dwell less on the past, and to stress less about the future. And through my mindfulness and meditation practice, I learn to stay grounded in the present moment each and every day. And for that, I am grateful.


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