On Sunday afternoon I called round to see my friend Bryonny. She had bought a new book and was keen to show it to me whilst we were having a cuppa. She knew it would be right up my street.
I absolutely loved it. Each page had got a gorgeous picture of a dog with an inspirational mindfulness quote. She thought of me when she saw it because of our shared love of mindfulness.
Then on Monday Noah and I went to see another friend, Bec, and she said she had been out shopping and had seen a mindfulness colouring book. Before she had got round to sending me the photo she took of it she saw on Facebook that I had already blogged about the colouring books and how great they are!
I was really quite touched by both experiences. Both of my friends really wanted to discuss how Revitalise Days was going and both of them had been reading my blog. I feel really pleased that my love of mindfulness impacts on the lives of my friends and that they think of me when they see something mindfulness related. It means so much that they show an interest in something I love.
Knowing that our friends think of us when they are going about their busy lives is a lovely thought. Sometimes people talk about their ears burning when others are talking about them but I think very few of us really experience that! Telling your friends that you have been thinking of them or talking about them is much more possible for all of us. Being interested in what our friend’s do is also very possible.
Sometimes we hit things off with friends and no matter how we behave our friendships seem to last. In every friendship though, I think there is room to foster the friendship, to make a little effort.
When I think of how much I value my friendships it almost overwhelms me. I absolutely love that mindfulness has made my relationships even better.
Being mindful helps me to keep my friendships as strong as they can be. Having clarity of thought helps me to stay interested in my friends, I genuinely want to know what is going on for them and how they are feeling. Learning to listen rather than to talk takes some time, I know I have not perfected it as yet! Naturally I am a chatter, but over time I have come to see that often friends often really need you to listen.
Training your brain to be more mindful can help you to be more in touch with what your friends need from you. For me having good friendships is one of the most important things in my life, they make so much difference to how you feel every day. Come on a Revitalise Day to see how mindfulness could help you build stronger relationships, make friends a priority and then they will do the same for you.