There’s a saying that, ” you can’t buy peace of mind.” Probably true, but you can create it. In fact, creating / experiencing peace of mind has been a recurring theme for me over the past week or so.
Yesterday was filled with work obligations, but the opportunity presented itself to invite my parents and Aunt Polly, who lives in Michigan and I don’t see very often, to dinner. The “old” Andrea of several years ago would have fretted about what to cook, made a special trip to the store and in essence created overwhelm. Instead, yesterday my parents and aunt shared in our simple meal that I was planning to cook anyway of vegetarian fried rice. My parents were even willing to stop at the store to pick up some provisions to allow me to have enough for everyone. (Thanks Mom & Dad if you happen to read this today!) We had a roaring fire in the fireplace, a delicious and simple meal and most importantly, a peaceful time together.
A couple of days ago, a colleague of mine Linda Samuels was kind enough to comment on the success of ICD’s Matching Donation Campaign. She exclaimed, “You must be feeling pretty darn great.” I think I surprised her when I responded, “What I feel is “at peace”. The peace comes from knowing we ran a good campaign and are going to do good things with the funds entrusted to us.”
This morning upon waking I had the pleasure of reading an advent devotional by a woman named Char. It spoke of the importance of taking the opportunity to be mindful and present this holiday season. In it she stated, “Perhaps the best gift that you can give to yourself, your loved ones and your friends is the gift of mindfulness.” I loved what she had to say and peace settled in upon reading her posting.
There’s another saying, “What you pay attention to grows.” One thing that has changed in my life in the past couple of weeks has been a refocusing on mindfulness. I’m reading a new book on Mindful Coaching, listening to new guided meditations by Jon Kabat-Zinn (the longer ones I’ve not taken the time to experience before), paying greater attention to what I’m experiencing in the now and in short making more room for mindfulness in my life.
This peace that arises from mindfulness, especially at this typically hectic time of the year – this genuine, “peace of mind” – has been priceless.
Wishing you mindfulness, peace and peace of mind this holiday season.