Reminders by J: Stop & Smell the Roses.

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“Stop and smell the roses.”

What does this saying mean? As a child I used to hear adults say this a lot. I never really understood the depth of what it really meant. Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about the deeper meaning behind this saying.

Nowadays, with our busy, fast-paced lives we often forget to pause and take in everything that is happening, and everything that has happened in our lives. I’m sure most people have experienced thinking back at the things they’ve done and the places they’ve been the year before, and thought “Wow, did I really do all of that?” We tend to forget things quickly because we just do, do, do, and rarely ever pause to acknowledge what’s happening.

 

Why it’s important:

In order to complete a task, or achieve a goal, we need a solid reason for working on it. So say your goal is to start working out every day, and your reason for this goal is because you want to lose weight. If you start working to reach your goal, and you put in the work, you will eventually forget why you’re doing it in the first place. This is why many people tend to quit what they were working towards achieving. If you take time to check in with yourself and remind yourself why you are doing what you’re doing, you will be more likely to continue to do it.

To feel happier with your life, you need to appreciate it. You have to be grateful for everything that you have, but it is hard to be grateful when you don’t stop and really relish in everything you own, everything you have achieved, and everything you’re working on.

 

How to do it:

  • Meditate

If the word meditation makes you picture a monk sitting on top of a mountain, legs crossed, index finger to thumb position with their eyes closed, fret not. Meditation can be as simple as setting your alarm for 5 minutes, finding a comfortable seat and just being still for 5 minutes. If you are new to meditating, 5 minutes of silent stillness is an easy way to start.

  • Practice yoga

I see yoga as meditation’s best friend. It’s another good way to practice breathing and slowing down, and as a bonus it does wonders for your body! I recommend checking out Yoga with Adriene on YouTube for some really enjoyable yoga practices.

  • Pause and evaluate

Literally just stop what you’re doing, and look at everything around you. Take it all in. This is a really easy practice that you can incorporate into your daily life. From my experience doing this has brought me a lot of positivity and gratitude.

  • List things you’re grateful for

Make a list of everything you can think of that you are thankful for at this moment. You can write the list on paper, you can say it out loud, or you can simply just make a mental note of it.

 

It’s just that simple. So what are you waiting for? ✿

 

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