Living courageously is choosing to find, notice, cultivate, and savor the good RIGHT here in our everyday lives!
~ Lisa, www.barefootbarn.com
I feel like the Universe is trying to tell me something this week – about the value of mindfulness , and truly experiencing and enjoying the present moment.
It started with a surprising conversation with my brother over a copy of “Zen Mind, Beginners Mind”.
And followed on with:
A beautiful experience yesterday holding an injured bird, and tenderly stroking it and whispering to it.
A wonderful recent blog post by Lisa at the The Barefoot Barn. Her blog post touched me very deeply. It was about finding the good in every day life. As she said in her post:
“This is EXACTLY when we need to PAUSE. To stop right in that moment you feel a tightness coming across your chest. And soften. Looooook fooooor the gooooooood. It’s right here. In your everyday life. This is where the magic is — right here in the messiness of our ordinary day. Put down your cell phone. Let the dinner-making be for a bit. Pull out a popsicle if you need to! And hold your little one – your toddler or teenager – and look at them! Look at them with regard and love.”
And then today, listening to a dharma talk by Gil Fronsdal, and the 4 Foundations of Mindfulness.
So many wonderful reminders to just stop and notice the present moment.
To pause, and breathe and reflect.
It’s especially a great reminder for me to just slow down.
These days society exemplifies busyness and multitasking. The more you do, the more you achieve, the more you can juggle, the better a person you are – apparently.
I am taking a stand against this common misconception.
I am going to slow down.
Life goes by too quickly. My son will be a teenager before I know it. And I don’t want to look back and regret the time I didn’t spend with him.
I’m going to enjoy the luxury of sitting and chatting to him while he has his bath. Instead of rushing around washing the dishes and folding clothes.
I am going to pause and see – really see – the people I am speaking to. Instead of stopping for a rushed hello as I race off to my next destination.
I’m going to allow myself the luxury of a slowly drinking my tea – savouring every mouthful.
I’m going to sit and eat my dinner without distractions – no computer, no TV. Enjoying the tastes and textures, and the comfort in a home-cooked meal.
I’m going to accomplish less, and enjoy more.
I invite you to join me in “the elegance of slow”.