Monday, 11 August 2014

Day 5: Measuring the days

My days can either be measured by the clock or measured by what happened during each of the 86,400 seconds in it.

I'm only 5 days in on this journey but suddenly my days aren't as much about time and the ticking clock and how many checks I can put against my to do list and how there are never enough hours to get everything done.

My days have become clusters of moments. Moments that are wonderful, moments that are challenging, moments that are mundane. Moments that last for seconds and moments that last for hours. Moments that are being enjoyed and lived as they happen.

I'm not always thinking ahead or doing twenty activities at once. I'm getting to my non-essential chores as I have time instead of pressuring myself to do it all now, and by tackling each challenge as it unfolds I'm not constantly pre-empting or trying to be two steps ahead all the time.

I'm seeing opportunities and making moments happen. Today we had an impromptu picnic in the garden during a rare spell of winter sunshine. The kids loved it.

The day feels longer as I'm more aware and present to what's going on. By the end of the day - even the most uninteresting and boring of days - I'm feeling more fulfilled, as I can see that all of the hundreds or thousands of moments I enjoyed, collectively make for a beautiful day. It was another day on this planet, another day with my family, another day of inhaling and exhaling.

I go to bed not worrying as much about when this will all end, but savouring the moment - right now, I am warm and safe and alive in my bed, and I'm going to get a good night's rest (hopefully).

Some of you might think this is all really obvious, but I can assure you this is a revolutionary way to think for me. Importantly, it's not just about knowing this is the best way to think about things, but actually getting my mind and soul to do it.

These very simple Mindfulness meditations certainly seem to be working. Anyone else keen to give it a crack yet?

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