Project 365

When the question of New Year’s Resolution arises, some whip up a list, fancy-schmancy, some say “Bah!”. But everyone looks forward wistfully and with hope as one year draws to a close and the next follows hard on its heels.

I bahed, I spun a list, my hopes didn’t rise. There was nothing in the list that didn’t look like a “Been there, done that.”  I wanted to integrate everything I have done, learnt and discovered over the years into ONE thing. Just as I was struggling with this, Wordpress (oh, how I love you folks) announced Project 365. If you were going to blog about one thing for an entire year, what would you choose?  

It came to me instantly, like it had been standing right there all along and I missed while taking a wide turn.  This year I have a new list.

1.TO-BE Mindful.

According to Jon Kabat-Zinn, “mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment, and non judgmentally.

The wise* say this, If you wish to be naturally happy, learn to do one thing at a time without a past or future. Where there is complete attention, there is complete clarity and a kind of weightlessness and lightness of heart fills your life. There is presence, there is gratitude, whatever needs to be done naturally gets done, no more, no less. There is a feeling of order and fulfillment everywhere and in everything.”

Without past or future… a lightness of heart… there is gratitude.. naturally gets done…no more, no less.

This year I will Experiment and Blog on this “Will mindfulness in daily activities bring about real measuarble changes to my well-being and of those around me?” I will choose one aspect of daily life such as eating, organizing, listening, exercising, paying bills and so forth and write about it until I get to the point where I am on cruise-control. The theme is to remain curious to transformations.  Will I achieve my goals without resistance, or perhaps discover the purpose of my life simply by paying attention to the present?

To support this I will incorporate my learnings the Science of Nutrition, Ayurveda, Naturopathy, Energy Medicine, Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), Kinesiology and the works of Byron Katie, Wayne Dyer, Andrew Weil, Dr. Mercola, Nithya Shanthi*. 

In essence, I am moving from thinking to practising, from knowledge to knowing, .. from the head to the heart.

I thank you for visiting and welcome you on this journey. If you are a master of the art of mindfulness, do share with us your little secrets and tips.  If you have an aspect of life that you are interested in transforming, do drop a note.  We’ll take it from there.

Twenty-Twelve. Leap year. 366 days. May this be a fruitful year for all.

5 thoughts on “Project 365”

  1. Sounds like a very inspiring year.

    I love the idea of taking photos of everything we eat (even, as you said, the spoon we lick!) A photo is a good way to stop us from the extra spoon of nutella, or piece of pie!

  2. I really like the title of your blog, ‘from head to heart…. the whole hearted mind’. If only these two could be in conjunction.. if only!

    Your interpretation of Project 365 sounds very interesting. It makes me want to read more to see how it’s going. Thank you for visiting my blog, Aparna. For me, it opened the door to yours.

  3. Jonesingafter40 said:

    Hi! Just wanted to let you know that I appreciate what you have to say. I am passing the Versatile Blogger Award to you. Check out today’s post for the details. 🙂

    • HI Stacy,

      First, many congratulations to you for an award that truly belongs to you.
      Thank you so much for passing this award to me. I am not sure I deserve it (yet ;-)) .. I am honored… mostly wordless at this moment. I am going to be off-blogging and working on some projects that take me away from my computer. I will be back in a couple of months. I just read that I need to pass this award along. Can I hold that for sometime or would you like to re-award this one to someone deserving. I am really short on time and on incredible deadlines. (i am hoping that I will have great take-aways from my projects for stories to blog). Wishing you many jolly hours of blogging.
      warm regards ~Aparna

      • Jonesingafter40 said:

        Hi Aparna! The award is just a way to show appreciation for someone’s blog. Yours is a blog of quality over quantity and that’s what I like about it! You don’t have to do anything with it if you choose not to, or you can do it any time in the future. I look forward to your next post! Good luck with your projects! 🙂

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