Mental Awareness Month. Being aware of my mental and practicing strength just as I do my physical fitness.
There are days where I am rushing to complete my ‘to do list’ and never check on myself. Yet with much practice, my Zen Habits, I am aware that I am in need of a ‘tea break’ as I like to call it. This experience, dedication to me and my mind, are moments where I become present. I will focus on the tea as I am pouring it, watching the steam dance around with no cares and worries. Next, I study the tea cup I chose for this encounter, admiring the colors, the shape of the mug and designs. Lastly, I focus on preparing my tea for pleasure sipping by debating on adding honey or stevia or if I should splash it with almond, oat, or soy milk.
At this moment I am present and only focusing and thinking on what I am doing. I enjoy every sip, and identifying how the warmth has made me feel and not what it has made me think. I forget, just at the moment.
“If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.”
Martin Luther King, JR.
Afterwhile with a much needed ‘tea break’ and mental clean slate I reflect. Immediately I begin to examine my weeks progress and any gains I’d accomplished. Small leaps. I accomplished small leaps and that means a lot.
leap | lēp | verb : jump or spring a long way, to a great height, or with a great force
– New Oxford American Dictionary
We face our weeks straight on with plans, determination and with great force. Yet some things are left unturned and untouched. Equally important, some tasks and desires were greeted and completed with pure satisfaction. Therefore, if you can receive that leaps are just as powerful and makes impact just as a jump would; therefore you are being kind and honest with yourself.
Acknowledging to reward myself and pat myself on the back is my practice of being mentally aware. Sometimes I simply need to let go or even in the midst of chaos sip some tea, neither think, nor ponder. I may not have accomplished all I wanted yet I accomplished something…while having a child with special needs I practice the mantra of, “Any progress is better than none at all.”
Small leaps are taking you places. Never forget they add up to something huge in the making. A JOURNEY. All in all, sometimes collectively, they add up to something bigger than that jump! xx