THEME: February is associated with love and romance, cupids with arrows, valentines and boxes of chocolate. As important as it is to show others how much they mean to us, let’s acknowledge and honor what makes our heart skip a beat in the everyday tiniest ways. Let's celebrate what brings us joy and shows us how much we love who we are, what we are, where we are, and what we do.
CHECK IN: If you could have a day to do what your heart desires, what would you do? Why?
(Option) The nest from January: What was your word and how is your "egg" developing? What have you been doing to nurture it?
MINDFUL TOOLS: There are many ways to be in the moment and in our bodies. Sitting and focusing on our breath for even 5 minutes regulates the system and does good. There are other ways to get attentive and put more love into your daily experience.
Purposeful Pauses to try:
Check Yourself At The Door: Each time you leave or enter your home, pause at the door and place your attention on the sensory experience of your passage. Feel the change in temperature, smell, light, wind, sound. Connect the sensations with a few focused breaths before you face your new world!
Mindful Cup or Meal: Form a ritual around consumption. Create a gratitude ritual in the preparation and overall experience of whatever you’re drinking or eating.
Think tea ceremony - How can you make preparation a mindful experience? Clearly, not every day, but maybe there is part of the meal prep routine you particularly love. Own that. Make it special by noticing each step.
Before you dive in or chug it - Take in the aroma, notice the colors, textures, warmth or coolness.
Love at first bite/sip - Savor that first sensation. Let it sit in your mouth. The first "hit" is usually the best.
Loving hands - While you’re drinking or eating, consider the hundreds of working hands and hearts that got this to your table.
Heartfelt TimeOut: Take 2 minutes to think about somebody you cherish. Send them a little love mentally or by an emoji or quick note. It makes you both feel good. If you can arrange for a quick interlude, awesome! Pick a fun topic and boost the vibe-talkin!
A Mindful Path: Walk inside or outside slowly, feeling each foot, seeing the ground beneath you. Options:
Remove your shoes and feel the floor/ground.
Pay attention to sounds near and far.
Catch sensations like sun on your skin or a breeze.
Notice people's faces. Give a gentle smile. It might make their day.
Focus on an object in the distance. Continue to notice how it changes as you get closer. Trees or plants are great for this.
Get in a comfortable position. Take a few deep breaths to settle in and feel your whole body. Do a quick body scan to release tension in any place.
Imagine your concerns or day's activities in a heart-shaped balloon released into the air. Goodbye for now. Breathe for a few minutes.
Now, focus on a person and draw a mental heart around them how you’d like - a big messy, swirly heart or a simple sleek linear one. Go with your style.
Concentrate on sending a heart-full thought to that person. Don't explain or justify it - just Love, Love, Love or Joy, Joy, Joy or other message.
Notice if you see colors or feel anything in your body.
When you’re ready, let another person in to receive your love. Often, you don't have to think about it - a person will just pop up! Don't judge. Just go with it.
Finally, when you hear the chime - do a final heart to yourself. Imagine you are in front of yourself. Surround yourself with a loving message.
SHARE: How does it feel to love yourself?
JOURNAL: "A Few Of My Favorite Things"
Remember The Sound of Music... "When the dog barks, when the bee stings, when I'm feeling sad. I simply remember my favorite things, and then I don't feel so bad!"
We all have the capacity to lift ourselves up by embracing the little things we love.
This month's journal is to list things you love - a heap of happiness. For 10 minutes, list as many things as you can that bring you peace, love, excitement, comfort, or whatever positive feeling you want.
SHARING: Look at your love list. How many of these do you experience on a regular basis? Are there any that have faded into non-existence? Select a couple that you'd like to embrace more often. Prepare to share how you can do that.
CLOSING: In the next month, try to add one of your favorite things back into your life.