Monday. For most, it is a dreadful day that signifies the start of another week. It is another reminder that one must repeat the endless cycle in which they find themselves in. Monday is usually met with a feeling of resentment, which plagues the mind and can fill the whole week with feelings of anger, hatred, sadness, and anxiety.
The problem is that allowing those feelings to settle, can make one feel drained before the week even begins. So much negativity takes a toll on the mind and body, and it can project itself outward towards others. I started to realize it, when I would show intense hostility or quiet indifference towards my loved ones. Going through life on autopilot is not fulfilling, and it relinquishes all sense of control over your own life.
Every single monday, I make an effort to fight those feelings. The goal is to wake up and feel thankful for the opportunity to improve my life, and to have the motivation to keep that momentum last all week. It is important to note that I am not always successful, nor do I pretend to have it all figured out. In fact, I am far from it. I am a work-in-progress, and I always hope to be. It is important to continue to grow, learn, and improve yourself.
Day of the Moon
Monday is named so after the moon. This celestial body is filled with mystery and power that enriches life on earth, and thus, has fittingly been a popular subject of many works of art throughout the ages.
The ancient Babylonians created the seven-day week, following the lunar cycle. It takes approximately seven days for the moon to change between the lunar phases [i.e. new moon, first quarter, full moon, and third quarter]. Since then different civilizations have labeled the day in their respective languages to the celestial body and/or the god that embodied it.
It is always fascinating to me to see how things we use on a daily basis, such as the name, Monday, have been rooted centuries ago. The moon is definitely my favorite celestial body. It’s historical connection to Monday makes it even more fitting to give the beginning of the week the attention it deserves.
Monday is a chance to start with a fresh slate. It is an opportunity to do better than you did the week before. Set your intentions. Words are magic, and they become even more powerful if one acts on them. Make a conscious effort to think about what you would like to accomplish, and set your mind towards improving the start of your week.
- Close your eyes and breathe deeply for one minute
- Set a weekly goal – write it down and place it somewhere that you can see daily
- Make a checklist of what needs to be done today, and check it off as the day goes by
- Be present, and enjoy every taste of your first meal of the day
- Show someone a random act of kindness
- Say thank you for being granted the opportunity to wake up and live
Life will always have its difficult moments. However, one can choose to take the steps necessary to help face the challenges.