Last night I met up with my friend Tony for a last minute dinner date after his schedule freed up. We met for dinner at The Grove and spent much of our time catching up with one another. I hadn’t been able to see him since late last Summer so he had yet to be filled in on what has been going in my newly single life and I got caught up on his life. I’m happy to share that we had a great night out and I’m hopeful that we won’t go that long again without hanging out together again. The rest of the evening was spent at home … with just my mindful thoughts.
After dinner, Tony and I did a bit of shopping and he COMPLETELY CONVINCED ME to buy the jumbo-sized Batman Pop! Vinyl Figure pictured here. I mean, I love Batman so much that there really wasn’t much arm-twisting involved. Besides, adding a fun new toy like this to my collection can’t help BUT cheer me up when I need a little boost. I was reminded how much I enjoy spending time with Tony and after I filled him in a bit on what I’ve been thru since the end of my relationship last November, I was reminded a bit of how far I’ve come … and what I have left to deal with in the coming week. I’ve been doing my best to stay active and occupied with friends and activities so that I don’t dwell too much on my painful breakup … but that alone hasn’t been totally able to keep me sane. I’ve been trying to be more mindful of finding peace within myself as best I can. I’m interested in trying to learn meditation techniques and I’m so grateful for source material to focus on like the newly launched and aptly named magazine Mindful … this from the press release:
Mindful is published by the Foundation for a Mindful Society, the non-profit organization that is responsible for the leading meditation lifestyle website, Mindful.org … More than 20 million Americans today use meditation techniques like mindfulnessâ€”and the number is only rising,” says Mindful publisher James Gimian. “In this growing market, we have a readership that is motivated, highly educated and looking for ways to focus their energy and improve their quality of life. This sustainable model makes Mindful as powerful for companies wanting to reach this demographic as it is for readers themselves.” Mindfulness is the simple but powerful practice of awarenessâ€”being present to whatever is arising in the moment. Mindfulness practice cultivates universal qualities of the mind, heart, and body and does not require anyone to change their beliefs. It is also a way of living that enriches quality of life through heightened awareness and compassion … Mindful: Taking Time for What Matters gives voice to the millions of North Americans who are discovering the benefits of mindfulness in all aspects of daily life. It offers a broad range of articles, advice, and insights for people excited about the positive effects that mindfulness is having on the world today. Mindful is a magazine, a conversation, a communityâ€”and a lot more. It explores taking time for what matters in traditional print form, website and social media, and community-building initiatives including events, salons, meetings, and more.
It’s funny how life works sometimes. If you’re smart enough to pay attention, you see that what you need to endure is sometimes right in front of your face. I’ve had a hard time dealing with the loss of my 6+ year relationship and with February 17th just around the corner (the date that used to be my anniversary), I’ve been feeling the pangs of sadness begin to grow again. I’m doing my best to stay focused and be mindful and meditative all on my own but … it’s not easy. I completely maintain that things happen the way they’re supposed to happen and hopefully this pain will serve a greater, positive purpose later on down the line.
So … just having resources like Mindful magazine (learn more about the mag HERE), having loyal and loving friends and having the ability to stay active has served me well lately. I keep saying to myself that I just need to get past February 17 and then I can move forward completely, without looking back. I have faith that I will be successful but … I’ll be doing my best in the meantime to stay focused on a healthy state of mind, heart and soul.