Welcome to the first installment of Mindful Moments. Mindfulness is my 2024 Word Of The Year. I will be focusing on many mindfulness topics throughout the year. You can find more articles in the sidebar under the category— Mindful Moments— Beyond the To-Do List

It’s really noisy out there isn’t it? And finding moments of genuine presence can feel like a treasure hunt. We juggle to-do lists, scroll through endless feeds, and chase after the next notification, leaving our minds and hearts perpetually on the move. Yet, amidst the hustle, God whispers an invitation to stillness, to a deeper connection with us, Him, and the world around us. 

Mindfulness, a practice embraced by many, offers a path to this stillness. But sometimes, the familiar meditation techniques or quiet contemplations can feel, well, routine.  

So, let’s add a twist to our mindfulness journey and explore unexpected ways to be present, moments waiting to be discovered in the everyday: 

The Symphony of Scents: Step outside and inhale. Notice the crispness of winter air, the earthy aroma of damp soil, or the sweetness of blooming flowers. Each scent is a melody, a unique note in the symphony of creation. Breathe deeply, letting the fragrance fill your lungs and ground you in the present. 

The Canvas of Chaos: Traffic jam? Grocery line blues? Instead of letting frustration simmer, turn the mundane into a masterpiece of observation. Watch the intricate dance of car lights, the kaleidoscope of colors on the shelves, the stories unfolding in the faces around you. Find beauty in the unexpected, a reminder of God’s presence in every detail. 

The Rhythm of Routine: Washing dishes, folding laundry, commuting to work – these seemingly mundane tasks can become portals to presence. Focus on the rhythm of your movements, the feel of water against your skin, the texture of fabric beneath your fingers. Let each action be a prayer, a mindful offering to the One who sustains every beat of your heart. 

The Mirror of Compassion: Look at someone you love, truly see them. Notice the lines etched by laughter, the crinkles around gentle eyes, the way their breath dances with each word. Let empathy wash over you, a reminder of our shared humanity, of God’s love reflected in every soul. 

The Whisper of Nature: Take a walk in the woods, listen to the rustling leaves, the gurgling stream, the chirping of birds. Each sound is a brushstroke on the canvas of nature, a poem whispered by the Creator. Quiet your mind, be still, and let the symphony of the natural world fill you with awe and wonder. 

Listen to the Language of Leaves: We often rush past nature, barely glancing at the trees lining our streets. But next time, take a moment to pause. Trace the veins of a leaf, feel its delicate texture, listen to the whisper of the wind through its branches. Each leaf is a brushstroke in God’s masterpiece, a testament to his creative power. 

Find God in the Funny: Laughter is a gift, a burst of joy that breaks through the mundane. When you find yourself chuckling at a silly meme or a friend’s witty remark, take a moment to appreciate the humor. See it as a reminder of God’s playful spirit, woven into the fabric of our lives. 

Bake with Love: Kneading dough, stirring batter, decorating cookies – these seemingly simple actions can become acts of worship. Pour your love and gratitude into each step, offering it as a silent prayer to God. Savor the textures, the smells, the anticipation of sharing the fruits of your labor with others. Remember, Jesus himself broke bread with his disciples, turning a simple meal into a sacred act of communion. 

Find Beauty in the Broken: We often associate brokenness with negativity, but it can also be a portal to mindfulness. Look at a fallen leaf, its veins like cracks in a mosaic, each imperfection telling a story. See the resilience of a tree that has weathered storms, its gnarled branches reaching towards the sun. Brokenness, like our own human flaws, can be a reminder of God’s grace, his ability to make something beautiful from the shattered pieces. 

mindfulness is about waking up your heart to the beauty and wonder around us. It’s about finding God in the ordinary, the unexpected, the messy, and the magnificent. So, step outside your comfort zone, embrace the twist, and discover the stillness that awaits in every moment, a gift from the One who is always present, always with us. 

May your journey be blessed with peace, joy, and the ever-present love of God. 

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  1. What a great post, Paula. I love getting mindfulness tips. It’s something I’ve been working on the past few years (I’m not sure it comes any easier as time goes on, but I value it, lol).

    1. Thank you Lisa, I have so many mindfulness things in my head to write about and explore this year as my WOTY.

  2. So much of what I do is on autopilot—I expect to learn a lot from you and your word this year!

    1. Thank you so much. I’m a fly by the seat of my pants kinda gal. I can’t wait to see where Jesus takes me on my Mindfulness journey this year.

  3. Such a lovely post and great tips and reminders! Thank you for sharing! Also, thank you for the visit and the sweet words! Happy week to you! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

    1. Thank you so much Kathryn and your so welcome. Wishing you a wonderful week ahead.

  4. This is great Paula, I love all of these mindfulness tips! I always try to be aware of the beauty of nature. Even when I’m inside I look for the deer in the backyard and the birds in the sky. I will try the Mirror of Compassion exercise and bake some cookies with love for Valentine’s Day. – Maria

    1. Thanks so much Maria. Isn’t it relaxing and peaceful to watch nature unfold around us right in our own backyards?

  5. Paula you have an interesting word for the new year. Thank you for all the ways you have suggested to be mindful. It is healthy and encouraging to pause and notice the many blessings that we have around us. I look forward to additional posts. Thank you for your comment on my post. SSPS #50

    1. Thanks so much Carol and you’re very welcome.

  6. This is wonderful. I always struggle to really put mindfulness into actual practice (like, how does it WORK?) but you have given some excellent examples and ideas. I love it. Pinning to share and save! Thanks for sharing this post at the Will Blog for Comments #20 linkup. Hope to see you there sharing more next week, too. 🙂

    1. Thanks so much Jen. I know what you mean when you say, how does it WORK. Lol. It’s my pleasure to visit with friends at your place.

  7. Thanks so much for linking up, participating, and sharing at SSPS 292. See you again next week!
    I love “Bake with love”

  8. The Canvas of Chaos- this is what I do while standing in those grocery lines. I am a people observer. Thank you for sharing at Gma’sPhoto ge•ner•ic Linkup Party. I look forward to ‘seeing’ you next week!
    Take care and best wishes.

  9. Paula, this post made me realize that fully (my OWOTY) and mindfulness (yours) have a beautiful way of intersecting. When I am mindful, particularly to the whisper of nature, I find I fully give myself to God. As I notice Him in the beauty outside, I cannot help but be more mindful of Him and worship Him. I think I am going to glean much from your journey 🙂

    1. Hey Joanne, thanks for bringing this to my attention about our words intersecting. That’s neat! Now I’m going to be mindful as I “fully” explore Mindfulness this year.

  10. Lovely post and reminder. Thank you! I’m going to try to remember these this week as I stress about the things I need to do.

  11. Thanks so much for your thoughtful words, Paula! Finding stillness in our world can be so hard but it’s so powerful! I appreciate your suggestions… some new and some reminders for me! It is in those still moments that I find God waiting patiently for me! THANK YOU!

    1. Thank you bunches and you’re so welcome.

  12. Love those everyday suggestions Paula which you’ve captured so well in a short phrase! Thanks for sharing with #PoCoLo

    1. Thank you Steph. I enjoy visiting with friends at PoCoLo.

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