Well mindful hubsters, it’s past 11am on a chilly January Saturday here on the East Coast and I’m still in my jammy-jams. Beside me sit the latest copies of Eating Well and Real Simple magazines. These are good quality publications, but even these seemingly innocuous magazines are plastered with promises of “The Happiest You,” and “The 5-Day Slim-Down Meal Plan.” Should I flip through the glossy pages? Will I feel motivated to take better care of myself? or will I feel overwhelmed? I really like Real Simple magazine, but I can’t for the life of me imagine what is ‘real simple’ about buying a $350.00 tweed and leather dress to update my wardrobe. This would not make my life simpler, I promise you.
I’m all for the latest cleaning tips, but isn’t it sort of a trap if I can only accomplish these simple tips by purchasing a $45.00 toilet brush? As for the 5-day slim-down meal plan in Eating Well, will it bring about lasting change and new habits? Or will I be back to my old ways, feeling defeated, on day six?
Let me examine these magazines, in my pajamas, of course, and I’ll let you know if they encourage or discourage mindfulness, compassion, and self-acceptance. In the mean time, take a look at our new mindful hub worksheet Triggers, Trances, Treats, and Trades, to assist you in your quest in becoming more aware of your less than mindful habits and patterns.
We with you twenty minutes of mindfulness every day!
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