Thursday, 6 September 2012

Stop and smell the flowers

For the first time in my life I am truly present. In the past eight months I have been taught many things, and being present is perhaps the biggest lesson of all.

In my life BC, I wonder how many moments I missed because I wasn't always enjoying the here and now. I was thinking about this during our morning walk yesterday, treading a path well worn by my two feet for the past few years and unchanged except that my two feet are now pushing four wheels.

It could be because I'm content or because I have a gurgly baby excitedly looking at the world around him or a combination of the two, but I saw flowers around every corner. Glorious flowers, of every colour and fragrance, flowering as much from trees and plants as they were from crevices in garden walls and fences. I'm sure they've been there every Spring, I've just had my blinkers on.

I managed to pinch a wisp of Jasmine from the neighbours to pop in a vase, and the scent seems to have an instant calming affect on me. Apparently scientists have proved that fragrant flowers alter gene activity and blood chemistry in ways that can reduce stress levels. Who knew flowers could be so good for frazzled new mums?!

I am now more determined than ever to truly experience and enjoy every moment. Let's face it, I'm enjoying my baby's chubby wrists and cheeks too much to worry about what he'll be like as a moody 15 year old!

I hope you're enjoying Spring with your babies at the moment, and I would love to hear of any special moments you've enjoyed since becoming a mum.

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