This time of year seems to be a busy time. There are many time-management tools to use to manage time such as planning, scheduling, getting up early and prioritizing. But how do we step away from simply ‘managing our time’ as a full-time job. We’re so busy managing our busyness, it makes me dizzy. What about being IN our time, right now, instead of handling it and tackling it like a run away train? Time is man-made, by the way 😉
Yesterday I was really caught up in a list that needed to get done and I felt the physical tension rise as soon as I woke up. I tried to move about leisurely, but some days you just gotta do, and quick! As I scurried around town with a furrowed brow, I noticed what I was doing and I paused. I suddenly slowed down, took a deep breath and looked up. I saw the sky and felt myself sink into my body as I walked. No, I thought. I’m not doing this. I’m not whisking this day away as fast as possible without being in it. I knew there was another way.
In that moment, I felt so grateful for my mindfulness practice. I really did.
I’m no smarter or better than anyone else, we can all have this, I thought. The sad thing I realized is that most of the world lives there, in scurry mode. I smiled, I chatted with the lady at the bank. I was grateful for the incredible privilege of going to the grocery store. I saw the sun peek out. I went to visit someone who was struggling and was able to offer some support. Many years ago I would not have been aware that there was another way to live. One that brings peace in every moment when we remember.
Mindfulness is a game-changer. It doesn’t bring on super-happiness, or super-spiritualness, it just allows you to be there, simply… and it’s good.
Doing this moment by moment, we create a beautiful life and more peace in the world. This moment is a gift from the Universe. Embrace it, bask in the joy of it, and let everything else go.”
Paula Vital, Live the Present
If you crave a glimpse of a life beyond busy and beyond anxiety, please join me in my upcoming class this fall:
Hope to see you there,
6 thoughts on “The Gift of Mindfulness”
Iam really lookimg foward to this class Sad that will miss the first class
Irene, no worries, glad to have you join us.
Hi Madeleine: Just wondering when the Mindfulness class at Askews is due to start. Thanks, Bonnie Hunt
Great question Bonnie! I am figuring out my fall schedule and will likely decide this week. I will let you know… miss you guys!
Thank you for sending this excellent article!
Good luck on your Mindfulness Course.
Thanks Mariki! I will be in touch soon…