Just a thought: What is the most valuable, precious thing in your life? Take a moment and think about it.
My guess is it is not something material, and definitely not a ring – but that line is so very evocative to any Tolkien fans!
We lead frantic lives, always doing something and yet never really feeling on top of things which leaves us feeling distracted and stressed. As life passes by at such a great pace where are we? As I grow older I now ‘get’ in a very tangible way that my most precious thing is each moment I experience. That is what I take to mean ‘being present’. And really, what else do we have? It is in the moment that we experience love, beauty, sorrow, inspiration, pain, ecstasy. And how do we experience that moment? Through the filter of our mind. And yet, as Andy Puddicombe brings to life in his entertaining (and brief for those of you short on time) TED talk ‘All it takes is 10 mindful minutes’, we take less time looking after our mind than we do our hair, our car, our clothes.
Science tells us that we spend 47% of our time lost in thought. That is pretty much half our lives. And much of our thought is worry. I find that sad.
Summer is the perfect time to re-set your mind and body. You may be taking a ‘staycation’, have a weekend away or perhaps you are lucky enough to have more time off. Whichever it is you will find the following will ‘up your downtime’ and help carry that great feeling forward, moment to moment.
You might try this/these things to take care of your mind and reconnect with each moment:
- I don’t know if you feel the same way, but I am bombarded by articles about the power of meditation…and then feel guilty when I don’t set aside the time to do it. In Andy’s approachable and engaging TED talk he suggests in just 10 minutes a day you can step back from your thoughts and experience life with a more relaxed and focused mind.
- Allow yourself a chance to re-boot and disconnect for a decent chunk of time – switching off and re-booting works for humans as well as electronic devices.
- OK, now I know some of you will roll your eyes, (and I actually lost a client once with this suggestion) but take some time and have a go at blowing dandelion seeds in to the wind, or bubbles through a wand, or literally go fly a kite. See how it brings you in to the present moment. Ask yourself if there issomething you used to love doing as a kid but aren’t doing any more … and try it. My bet is you will tap in to a long-lost child-like sense of feeling carefree and happy. And that feels so good 🙂