Tonight I went to a friend’s party, she was launching her range of accessories for her new business venture. It was really lovely, great people, lovely products, healthy snacks and the perfect chance for a catch up with friends I had not seen for a while. I was expecting handbags and scarves but the one thing I was not expecting was a selection of mindful challenges.
There were times when I found myself alone, without a familiar face to chat to. The perfect opportunity for a mindful challenge, make conversation. So I chatted to a few people I didn’t know and really took the time to listen to them, I learnt all sorts. A bit about reflexology, the benefits of hopi ear candles, some story book suggestions for Noah and a must see JK Rowling drama. Challenge 1 complete and very enjoyable.
I was handed a glass of lovely red wine by the hostess with the mostess. It was so delicious and I thoroughly enjoyed a few mouthfuls but as I knew was driving home I mindfully popped it by the sink and moved away to avoid having too much. Mindful challenge number 2 complete, a nice balance found between enjoyment and doing what I knew was right. Result, no guilt, no need for a taxi and no headache!
Mindful challenge number 3. I was mindful about my shopping and focussed on buying for others rather than for myself. This felt really good. I was pleased to be supporting my friend’s business and was really pleased with the present choice, I knew it would be just right.
So as I cheerfully said good bye and went to my car I really wasn’t expecting mindful challenge number 4. I slowly and carefully reversed out of my parking space on the dark lane, keeping my eyes peeled for other cars, and BANG, found my self much too close to a cast iron fence. Now this could have wrecked my evening but in fact it topped off the mindfulness perfectly! I was really calm as I got out, flipped my wing mirror back the other way round and to my amazement saw that there was absolutely no damage! Not even a scratch. So, so lucky!
I drove home even more mindfully than I had set out. I was smiling on my way home thinking that my drive could not have been better because I was so pleased that I had not caused any damage to my car. Mindful challenge number 4, a complete success. Counting my lucky stars, the perfect end to a great evening.
So rather than feeling awkward without my usual friends about, rather than drinking too much to drive, rather than eating foods that left me feeling bad, rather than buying too much for myself and feeling guilty, and rather than being shaken up by my near collision. I arrived home clear headed and calm and ready to blog! What better advert could there be for becoming mindful, it really does change everything for the better.
Come on a Revitalise Day and learn how to love life to the full. What ever happens in your day mindfulness helps you to see the positives. Once you start to see the opportunities you will find it easier and easier to be present in the moment and enjoying everything that happens.