Thursday, December 17, 2020

Everyday Mindfulness by Melissa Steginus

Before 2020 I had considered myself an aware, enlightened person. I meditated every day, spent time in and connected with nature. I was a conscious observer of the everyday blessings this world had to offer. 

Fast forward months and I can honestly say that I feel as though I've been on auto pilot. I'm finding it very hard to concentrate or focus on anything. In this sort of slumpy numbness I found myself less grateful and well.

When even the simplest of breathing meditations were difficult to complete I knew it was time to give myself a sort of reset. I needed to get back to the basics and begin again with the practice of mindfulness.  

On this blog I love to share helpful material/tips that I find on my journey as I love to help you all too. I'm excited to share with you a valuable tool to help us navigate past 2020 and into the new year. 

Everyday Mindfulness by Melissa Steginus is a carefully crafted handbook of sorts that will guide you through 108 days of exercises and prompts. I love its easy step by step instructions to help ignite those insights that we all need to rebuild our truest selves. 

The book is broken down to give you a purpose and practice daily. At the end of the day you revisit the page for some reflective journaling. I keep highlighters handy so I can circle ideas that really resonate with me. There is plenty space on either side of the texts so that you can spill those thoughts out onto the page. (One of the plus sides of the hard copy vs electronic)

Try to stick with taking each day consecutively as the author has designed each segment to build on previous accomplishments. If you find that you are resistant to whatever the topic is for that particular day perhaps some time should be spent on why before diving in. 

Some of the topics or exercises you may have read about or done before. Stay with it as this is TODAY and you're a whole different person than where then. Try to stay with your present day feelings and truths. If you can recall how you might have answered some of the questions years ago, that can be beneficial to your growth as well. Just jot down those thoughts after you're finished with your present ones. 

At the end of each chapter there is a page of reflection where you can really focus on your overall transformation and growth. Again, I love that there is plenty of space on the page and opposite to record your thoughts. 

The book provides links to other resources and worksheets that are really helpful too. 

I hope that you'll join me in reading the book and gifting yourself 108 days of empowering growth. 

Everyday Mindfulness by Melissa Steginus can be found on Amazon in paperback, kindle or audio.