She’s taught us to look at old homes with new eyes, to select decor that holds meaning, and to never underestimate the power of shiplap. But best-selling author, designer, and former HGTV host Joanna Gaines recently penned a powerful lesson on mindfulness that is resonating with women everywhere.
In an Instagram post on Tuesday, the mother of five – including 6-month-old baby Crew – talked about the reality of fleeting time.
“It’s always been my nature to reflect on the past and linger there a while,” Gaines wrote. “I find myself thinking about what I will miss and how life is just moving too fast.”
She acknowledged her baby recently said his first word (“Mama – I had to throw that in there,” she joked.), and her oldest is just a few short years away from college. And that’s where the mind games begin.
“I have found myself mourning the past but now in future tense,” Gaines mused. “You see what I just did there? This whole time thing can feel like a thief if you let it.”
The 40-year-old then set a personal goal for the year to come.
“I’m challenging myself in this new year to live for now. The present. Taking in every breath, every sight, and sound and holding it dearly,” Gaines wrote. “Not thinking about how the good ol’ days have passed us by or how the best is yet to come. But that right now, this very second, this is the gift. These are the days. These are the moments. And I’m gonna breathe them all in.”
It’s an approach to mindfulness that Brooke recently asked Studio 5 Contributor Dr. Matt Townsend about.
“The second you start mourning ‘the good old days,’ you’ve left the moment,” Townsend said. “That’s the opposite of mindfulness. The key to happiness is to enjoy what’s happening now – what’s happening right in front of you.”
It’s wisdom Joanna Gaines is setting out to fully embrace in 2019.
“I want to enjoy the now because it’s the only thing we can actually embrace. I want to hold it carefully. Hold it thoughtfully. I want to rid myself of the little distractions because I have found that these are the thieves that steal our moments and rob our days. But time, time is our most precious gift.”
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