I've been thinking about moderation, minimalism, and mindfulness lately. These words, along with happiness, health, and habits (yes, I like alliteration) seem to be terms that I come back to and that help me focus my efforts, my blog posts, and the work I choose to accept and pursue. These words might not speak to you, but they speak to me. In the 'cheesy' sense, I thought I would actually define them for you today. I say 'cheesy' because it makes me think of wedding moments on television "webster's dictionary defines love as..." (you know what I mean). Since I use these words often, I thought it was a good idea to check out their definitions to make sure they say/mean what I want them to.
- moderation: (moderate): average in size or amount -neither too much nor too little; neither very good nor very bad; not expensive - not too high in price; avoiding extremes of behavior or expression - observing reasonable limits
- minimalism: a style or technique (as in music, literature, or design) that is characterized by extreme spareness and simplicity
- mindfulness: the quality or state of being mindful; the practice of maintaining a nonjudgmental state of heightened or complete awareness of one's thoughts, emotions, or experiences on a moment-to-moment basis; also : such a state of awareness
- happiness: the state of being happy; an experience that makes you happy (*not a surprising definition, but I do appreciate that it says experience - not a thing)
- health: the condition of being sound in body, mind, or spirit; especially : freedom from physical disease or pain; the general condition of the body; flourishing condition (well-being)
- habits: a usual way of behaving : something that a person does often in a regular and repeated way
I also like the terms inspiration, motivation, etc. but I don't think I need to keep defining things for you, I just thought this would be an interesting activity.
Do you have terms that guide you or help you through your day (or this journey we call life)?
Steph Langdon, RD