When I began my mindfulness journey, and still today, one of the things I found most difficult was simply remembering to remember. I have all this information in my head, I’ve read a ton, I’ve studied a lot, and when I’m alone, and peaceful it all comes together so easily. Unfortunately, it’s not the times when we’re alone and peaceful we most need to remember our mindfulness practice! It’s when things are going to hell in a hand basket, screaming kids, crazy drivers, a horrible boss… it’s in the midst of all these distractions we need to remember to remember, to stay in the moment.
It was the whole idea of wanting to bring my mindfulness practice off the mat and into my real life that pushed me to write and publish my book 50 Opportunities for Mindfulness in Every Day Life. It was figuring out all these different triggers to remember throughout the day, that really helped my mindfulness practice gain traction and become a real part of my life.
I’ve come across another wonderful to remember to remember though, and I wanted to share it with you. Jewelry. I’m not really a big jewelry person… which is maybe why this really works for me. I’m not used to having a lot of jewelry on, so it is something I notice often through the day.
I came across this idea because I wanted something to help me to remember to PAUSE. It’s that all important pause in the middle of chaos, anger, frustration, overwhelm, whatever situation you’re in, that gives you a chance to connect with the moment and make a skillful choice. Without that pause I tend to just react using all the old unskillful patterns I’ve developed over the years. I went on the hunt for something that would remind me to pause. I thought a bracelet would be nice, something I’d be able to see, and would remind me often. Possibly as I was pointing my finger at someone… (ahem) I’d see this glimmering reminder pointing back at me. I’ve also been looking at some stacked rings for the same purpose.
I searched and searched for something I liked with the word pause on it. (I do love words… and having words as reminders works really well for me.). However, I couldn’t really find anything I fell in love with. Suddenly something popped in my head… what if it became an “inside reminder” something only I would understand?! I ended up searching around on a pet site and founds this very cute bracelet with paws on it… and hearts. Which now reminds me every time I see it to pause and choose love. 🙂
The longer I wore the bracelet the more I liked it the more I remembered to remember, and the more mindful I stayed in the middle of situations that could send me off path. As I was cleaning one day I found a couple more bracelets I’d purchased along the way and added them to the stack. They remind me of peace, and Buddha, and meditation… and they make a great shaker noise when I move my hand… Hanna calls them Mindful Jazz Hands. 😀
I’m delighting in this very tangible reminder. Like I said, I do love word reminders. I’m in love with some of the inspirational jewelry over at Buddha Groove. I’ve definitely added some things to my wish list. 🙂 What about you? Do you have a way to remind yourself to remember? Do you use jewelry? What’s your favorite piece from this page? Do share in the comments. 🙂