Confession: I gave up on my mindfulness journal.
The journal was part of that mindfulness book I bought. It’s an exercise in which you take note every day of things you see, smell, taste, feel, and hear. I was so excited to try it and thought it would be such a great activity for me, a way to help me focus on the present. That was kind of the problem, though.
The exercise requires you to pay attention to what you need for the journal rather than anything else that might be happening. I still found myself distracted as opposed to present and in the moment.
I am at least proud of me for having tried it. I can’t say that I would have in the past. Now I know that doesn’t work for me, but I also know it’s not my fault. There is always a new day, a new chance to stay focused on the here and now without having to document the little things that don’t matter to me.
I’ll stick to focusing on my loved ones and what makes me really happy.