Recently I’ve been doing a lot of thinking. A lot of us tend to mindlessly think, but for me I’ve had a lot more clarity to things.

This really all started from waking up earlier to make time for reading and lot of other things I need in life right now. But let’s focus on reading. Right now I’m reading How to Get Sh*t Done by Erin Falconer (holy crap, it’s a good book!)

One of the chapters dug into mindfulness and it really stuck to me. Mindfulness and meditation tend to get mixed up a bit and people think it’s one in the same (me, I was that person). And although they have similarities, they are different.

So how does this relate to gratitude?

As I started practicing mindfulness I gained more awareness. Sitting in the moment, I really got to embrace everything around me. Whether that be in the middle of a temper tantrum from Ezra or at the park on Saturday afternoons. 

More awareness = more opportunity to be thankful.

Understanding and taking in what’s around us allows us to truly be thankful for things we wouldn’t give a second thought about. 

Why in the world would I be thankful that my toddler is get frustrated? Having clarity to this – I’m thankful he’s learning about his emotions and that I can add a positive experience to it. 

Taking a second to be present in that moment and not always thinking about the chaos in life is what mindfulness is.

This is SO essential, especially in a world that’s all go go go. We lose our patience because we are so used to getting thing instantly or because there’s too much going on or because we simply don’t have control over things.

Mindfulness definitely boosts patience and helps you simply slow down.

 Not always wanting to know what’s next turned out to be a good thing. Focusing on what I have right in front of me. 

I’m soaking up all this love and thankfulness, even if things aren’t necessarily ’perfect’. And I’ve definitely struggled with perfectionism lately, so this little life lesson came at the right time.

It’s so easy to get caught up in what you don’t have right now, instead of enjoying the now but expecting more.

In what ways are you being mindful? Are there things you didn’t realize you could be grateful for?