Mindfully Loving

I didn’t think it was possible to love my wife more than I already do. There’s a reason I decided to spend the rest of my life with this woman.

That is until I learned what it meant to be mindful. Up until last year, my self-care routine consisted of physical exercise, and that’s it. My week days were filled with high levels of stress and unhappiness with a job I was in, and weekends were spent feeling guilty over the previous days activities. Rinse repeat, rinse repeat. This lack of self-worth, self-love, self-care, whatever you want to call it, made it very difficult if not impossible to give my full self to someone else.

In other words, when I started filling my cup like I deserve, it allowed me to start giving more of myself to others, particularly my wife.

I was driving home last night, after spending some quality time with my wife’s father helping him with his backyard remodel, and I had a wonderful thought. I reflected on my mindfulness journey, and how by loving myself more, I was now able to give more of this love to my wife. Knowing this brought a smile to my face almost instantly.

I am proud of all the progress I have made over this past year, and I am excited for the continuation of this journey. My wife and I’s relationship has never been better, never more alive, and never more full of love. And I have mindfulness to thank for that.

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