Happy Monday! And happy belated Thanksgiving to those of you celebrating in the U.S. We hope you all enjoyed your weekends and are excited for the week ahead. For today's #MindfulnessMonday, we want to talk about acknowledging milestones.
Our lives are full of the chase right? We spend so much time setting goals and making plans and trying to get to the next step, and this is great. It's important to feel motivated and like we are moving forward. But, of course it is also important to be present and acknowledge where we are now and what we have accomplished. Unfortunately, so often we are so focused on the next thing that we forget to acknowledge the first thing we may have been working towards. For example, you graduate from a Master's Degree. That is a huge milestone, an amazing accomplishment that should be marked and celebrated. But, too often, these graduates are so focused on what's next - where will I get a job? Where will I teach? Where can I publish? And this results in us not enjoying and appreciating all we have accomplished.
And milestones don't even have to be major life events. Maybe you celebrated a big birthday. Some people like to shy away from those, but we say, celebrate! Take it as a day to look back on our year or years and think of all the great things that happened. We can also think of the less great things that happened and see how they led us to where we are now. And if we are not happy with where we are now, maybe use the reflections to set a different course. So often we are all so modest, we don't want the attention to be on ourselves, but there is a difference between being self-centered and having pride in one's own life and all its glory.
So, this week we encourage you to either take a look back at some of your life's milestones and feel joy for those accomplishments, or look forward to ones to come. And again, don't worry if they are not major life altering things. Maybe you cooked dinner for a group of people for the first time ever. Maybe you jumped back from bakasana (crow) to chaturanga without face planting (personally still working on that) for the first time. Or, maybe you turned 30. Whatever it is, acknowledge it. Appreciate where you are, where you have been and the next place you have to go.
Have a great week.
Samara Zelniker is a yogi, wine drinker, pet lover and travel junkie.