My week carried me away recently. I knew my calendar was packed and I had writing to do, but I didn’t realize I’d gotten overwhelmed until I was out on one of my walks.
I try to walk 45 to 60 minutes a day to (somewhat) balance all the sitting in front of the screen that I do. While out on one walk last week I caught myself having some heavy sighs — those sighs, or exhales that accompany a sound.
My first thought was the humidity was causing me to breath heavy. Then I thought I was walking too fast (if that’s possible). But then the “ah ha’ hit me, as I had another loud exhale, that my mind wasn’t focused. Thoughts were flying all over the place and I wasn’t even paying attention to my route, nevermind to my breathing or anything in the world around me. My body was physically in one place and my mind in another.
So I stopped where I was and took some purposeful deep breaths until I ‘noticed’ my breathing… and then birds chirping… the slight breeze … the scent of flowers … and so on.
It’s so easy to let life’s tasks overwhelm us at times, isn’t it?
I’d like to suggest something, for all of us who have these moments. Tomorrow, before starting the craziness that our days entail, let’s stop, take a breath, and appreciate the beauty of the moment we’re in.
Enjoy the morning cup of (iced) coffee, tea, or glass of milk instead of inhaling it on the go. Step outside and take a stroll around the house, through the garden, or down the driveway instead of doing a chore.
Savor every drop of the morning beverage and be aware of each step taken. Take the time to ‘see’ every single thing we can possibly take in with our eyes. Touch what we can, listen to the birds, stop and smell the flowers.
Let’s appreciate each and every moment for what it brings into our morning. Enjoy what flows into our bodies through all your senses. Keep taking those deep, fulfilling breaths.
Then, when we feel refreshed (and wide awake), then we can sit at the keyboard to type, or notepad to write, and turn a similar focus to what we’re writing, letting go of all thoughts of any other things we need or hope to do.
Soon enough, I know we’ll find words flowing. It will be as if time doesn’t exist. We’ll write and write and write. We’ll be in sync with our muses, and it’s quite possible that when we look up, we’ll find more time has passed than what we expect.
That’s what it’s like to live in the moment. I’ve done it before, and it’s an unsurpassed feeling. I’m going to strive to get that back in my mornings this week.
What do you do to get refocus on what’s important?
Lisa J. Jackson is a self-employed writer and editor. She loves writing about NH people, places, and activities. She writes fiction as Lisa Haselton, has an award-winning blog for book reviews and author interviews, and is on the staff of The Writer’s Chatroom where she gets to network with writing professionals on a weekly basis. You can connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Biznik.