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10 Surefire Ways to Mindful Living

I recently came across this list via Pinterest, printed it out, and hung it in my bedroom on my mirror, on my fridge, and I am currently using it as a bookmark (yes, I still read actual books with real pages).

I have found that the “tip” that has changed my life most profoundly is “Let the darkness come.” Setting a curfew—on the internet especially—has had a pretty huge effect on not only my life, but my family’s as well. I guess I didn’t realize how much I was missing, and how much my husband and children were missing me, when I worked straight through dinner and late into the night on the computer. I’m an extremest, to my own detriment, and tend to get caught up in doing everything I do in a big way—except of course for laundry, and I am working on emptying the hampers without resentment.

Being more aware of each of these 10 things has made an actual difference in my household. I am always so surprised when something actually works for me—you should see the pile of self help books next to my bed, it’s waist high and three rows deep. What’s nice about this list is that it’s not hard to remember, and it’s like conditioning—when I wake up in the morning I immediately look for the sun, when I am sorting through enormous piles of laundry, I am actively trying not to be pissed off, I make it a point to make the bed every morning, where as before I didn’t—I am more aware. That’s what mindfulness is, awareness.

So I feel it is only fair to pass this little gem on. It’s not a 300 page book, but it definitely does the job.



Jenn has been in love with written word for as long as she can remember, having her first poem published at age 8. She's not happy unless she's lost in a book, editing, or performing her own brand of wordsmithery. As Managing Editor/Doer Of What Needs To Be Done here at YOGANONYMOUS, she is more than happy to rock out their personalized blend of modern, funky, but most importantly—relatable content. She currently dreams about social media, and sometimes they're nightmares. When she's not online she's busy raising three kids. "Don't be a collector of more than you need, got a lot of things growing, but keep watching your seeds." ~ Grateful Dead

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