Being present – February OLW Bloghop

This post is part of the One Little Word Blog Hop where members of Ali Edwards’ OLW class share their monthly assignment or something about their word.  Each month, on the 1st of the month, I’ll participate and then give you a link to the next in line (see the full list of participants at the end of this post).

I have been remembering my One Little Word (mindful) and trying to focus on doing one thing and one thing only at a time.  My goal has been to pay attention to every aspect of an activity or action, down to each movement even, but what I am noticing mostly is how many thoughts come to me while I’m doing something else.  I can rush through an entire day without really bodily experiencing it at all.  I’m sure you know what I mean.

BUT… when I do focus my mind and fully participate in what my body is doing, boy is it a powerful experience.  I am thankful for my body that can maneuver around our kitchen; I marvel at the cool feel of plump raspberries on my fingers or at their tiny “wiskers” that my eyes take in; I rejoice in the explosion of subtle sweetness that fills my mouth.  I appreciate where these raspberries grew and their journey to the grocery store around the corner.  Just eating one little raspberry is miraculous.

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I’m so glad to be part of this blog hop!  Please leave me a comment if you would like to share something.  Now, hop along to the next OLW post.  She (and each thereafter) will send you on down the list from there until you’ve seen all 46 posts (Gosh, you’re going to be very busy today!).  The rest of the participants are listed below.  I encourage you to visit every blog for more creative fun.

You can read other posts related to my OLW here.

Feb 1 OLW Blog Hop Participants (all blogs will be live by 8am PST)
Margie              http://xnomads.typepad.com
Sharyn            www.lavieenchic.com
Jill                          http://jillconyers.com
Lynn                        www.crafty-creativity.blogspot.com
Jenn                        www.studiojenn.blogspot.com
Carmen            http://www.carmenpaulsorthner.com
Marilee            http://rose-brier.blogspot.com      
Kristina            http://hrinspirationfromthe403.blogspot.com/
Cindy                        http://www.cynthiacrysdale.com
Kelly                        http://mindingmynest.com
Cheri                        http://cheriandrews.blogspot.com
Amanda            http://scrappnbee.blogspot.com
Cindy                        http://seriousplay.typepad.com
Brooke            www.everysnapshot.com

Naomi                        www.poeticaperture.com<— You are here.

Melissa            http://www.smudgetime.com<— Go here next!

Karen                        http://breathenowsmile.blogspot.com
Melissa S            http://blog.mshanhun.com
Devon                        http://www.youhadmeatneurotic.com
Donna                         http://holimess.blogspot.com/
Dawn                        sunshineandcreativity.com
Katrina             www.katrinasimeck.com
Sam                        http://learncreatedo.wordpress.com
Monica             http://scrapinspired.com
Kimberlee              http://scrapsandsass.blogspot.com
Missus W            http://mrswookieswanderings.blogspot.com/
Kaylea                         http://www.myscrappylife.com
Nikki                        Www.inkyart.com.au
Erin                        http://erinsparkes.typepad.com/optimstic-fascination/
Jo                        www.curlyscrapbooker.blogspot.com
Coley                        http://coleybelle.blogspot.com/2012/01/focus-word-for-2012.html
Beth                        www.thesingularlyordinary.blogspot.com
Veronica            www.veronicanorris.typepad.com
Jamie                        http://jmpgirl.blogspot.com/
Monica B            http://questtoperfectimperfection.blogspot.com/
Lisa                   http://backtoallen.com/writers_blog
Rebekah         http://istampscrapcraft.blogspot.com/
Jan                  http://mysimplelittlelife.typepad.com
Veronica            http://www.veronicanorris.typepad.com
Cate                        www.lifebehindthepurpledoor.com
Stephanie              www.scrapworthylives.com
Orange Gearle            http://orangegearle.blogspot.com
Tere                           http://terecontodomicorazon.blogspot.com/
Junelle                  http://yesandamenblog.blogspot.com/
Ruth                  http://suburbansahm.blogspot.com
Becky                  www.becky-handforth.blogspot.com
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26 thoughts on “Being present – February OLW Bloghop

  1. First of all, I love that procrastination quote on your previous post. VERY thought-provoking! Yeah, I so agree about our tendency to go through our day without really paying attention to what we’re doing. Mindful seems a really great word to lead you through the year. I’ll be interested in following your journey with it… Blessings!

    • Melissa, thanks for stopping by. I just read your Nurture post… your January page is beautiful. My little daughter and I just did this project where we start with little caterpillars and end up with 5 butterflies to release. I was much more into it than I ever thought I’d be. I highly recommend it! I have a blog post on it too from a few days ago.
      Your cards are stunning. I’ve subscribed to your blog on Google Reader so I can follow along.

  2. mindful, focus, present… really seem to be a theme this year and speak volumes to our crazy hectic lives. I know just what you mean about living a day without really being there. I too, am trying to live more in the moment.

  3. Your photography is absolutely beautiful. It is so true that we often are not fully present in the moments of our life. Great description. Enjoy the journey with your word.

  4. gorgeous photos naomi! that’s what i love about photography – it’s helped me to look at things differently. to pay close attention to everyday miracles that surround us. 🙂 looking forward to seeing more of your photos this year with OLW.:)

  5. Totally beautiful berry pictures. I was going to use ‘attention’ as my word for the year, but for some reason, it didn’t stick. I’m hoping that even though I picked a different word, I will still be attentive and mindful.

    I look forward to seeing what you do with your word throughout the year. 😀

  6. Wow. I’m seeing a theme – we all seem to be fragmented in ways, and are searching for a focus – to do one thing well, before moving on….

    Thanks for sharing parts of your journey…

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