Archive for February, 2010
Take some time today to journal about what “living in the moment” means to you. What would your day look like if you spent less time on your “to-do” list and more time being present? What things would benefit from your whole presence? How would this change your outlook and productivity? Time spent being intentional can be a creativity booster, a stress-buster, and a joy maker. Have fun!
Make bread today. Yes, you heard me… create a fresh loaf of tender, crusty edged bread! Baking bread is absolutely sensory- the smell of the fresh yeast, the feel of the soft flour on your hands, as one kneads the tender dough. The patience required to wait for it to rise, then to bake. To make it even more fun, ask a kid to join you… that will allow you both to celebrate making a life staple from scratch. (Oh, and if it makes it more enticing, create the dough for cinnamon or caramel rolls… that is definitely worth the investment of your time!!) Sometimes we are at our most creative when we are relishing a simple joy in life.
Reading is as good for your soul as water is to your body. So many people never take the time to read for the joy of it. Challenge yourself to read more often. For some of you, this may be a book per week or per month. Make your goal a bit of a stretch to challenge yourself. Choose some books that you wouldn’t normally read to stretch your mind, and have fun!
Don’t you just love music? Music can change or enhance a mood, set a tone or connect to your soul. Decorating your home should take in all of your senses, so what you hear is just as important as what you don’t. What do you hear in your home… I am sure many things on a daily basis…conversation, laughter, yelling, barking, the TV, silence? Each of those things may take a turn being heard, but when you are mindful of what you are hearing on a daily basis, it gives you control over what you may want your home to reflect. Joy and laughter, music and conversation, quiet and peaceful. Maybe using music can help you set the tone of your home.
I just love music and I rarely have it quiet, unless I am reading or in prayer. I am lucky to have a Mac in the center of my home with all of my music downloaded onto it. (Love it!) Each type of music is in a separate file, so if I am in the mood for 3 Doors Down, Chris Rice, Lenka, Martina McBride, or Andre Bocelli, I can listen with the click of a mouse. I can listen while at my computer, while cooking dinner, or while hanging out with my family or friends.
I also have teenagers in my house, so their music is downloaded as well. Sharing music can sometimes be up for debate, but I want to be able to hear what they are listening to, learn what they like, and talk about their music. (There are times when the music is too loud, or when I can’t distinguish the lyrics!) Sometimes we agree on what is appropriate and other times I get to pull my “Parental Card” and veto a particular choice. (okay, sometimes this happens more often that I would like!)
I do want to encourage you to be mindful of what your home “sounds” like. What do you choose to listen to daily? Whatever it is, I hope it brings you joy, connects you with others, and is music to your ears…