Mindfulness: Bringing ones complete attention to the present experience on a moment-to-moment basis, (according to Wikipedia).
My word for 2014 is presence, which to me is being mindful and fully present to each moment of my day as it unfolds. I still find myself worrying about things in the future. However, as I keep bringing my attention back to my intention of being present, I realize that I’m worrying about something that has not happened and may not even happen. Instead of getting carried away by the anxiety and feeling overwhelmed which, has an ill effect on my overall health, I, am retraining my brain to come back to the moment. This retraining creates new neural pathways, (this a whole other blog post). Even if this moment is not a “pleasant” moment I can deal with it much more effectively when I’m present. With presence, I can enjoy my meals, my afternoon tea and cuddling with my children with full attention. With presence I can really see and hear people. Think about it, when was the last time you really felt heard and seen by someone or, really listened and saw someone?