It has just turned from Monday morning to Monday afternoon and it is a beautiful day. I am lucky that I have a picture window to my left with a view to the garden beyond. The garden is looking a little weather ravaged, but the blue sky and winter sun is making up for the randomly wind placed small branches and twigs, as well as the blown-over swing seat.
My original plan for this morning had to be postponed in order for me to sort out the piles of sh*t left for me by various agencies over the weekend. Now I’ve done as much as I can there it has left my afternoon rather blissfully task free. That isn’t to say I don’t have things I need to be doing, but I can afford a few minutes to just enjoy the peace and quiet of my office area. I can hear a drill somewhere, and various bangs from the workshop next door. A dog is barking and a rather delicate and musical sneeze just echoed through wall. It is definitely a good time to be counting blessings and feeling grateful. To just enjoy the moment. Sometimes we get so caught up in the hassle and hustle of every day living that we forget to just sit still.
There’s a saying I like to use when I think I am too busy to stop. “Meditate for half an hour a day, and if you are busy, meditate for an hour”. I personally like to meditate, but I know many don’t. For those that don’t I definitely recommend spending time to just sit. I prefer to sit near a window if I can’t be outside, but anywhere will do (not when you’re driving though, please). Switch off any noise and distractions you can, TV, radio, music, phone (or put them on silent for a while) close your eyes and open your ears. Breathe in deeply through your nose, hold that breathe for a second, then exhale through your mouth. Then breathe normally while you take in the sounds around you. In your mind’s eye, see where you are, the building you are in, the structures around you. See the landscape beyond. Feel how comfortable and safe you are, right now, this minute. Allow yourself this time off and away from your busy day. Now take a deep breath again, release and open your eyes. You’ve just given yourself some time out – and it didn’t take too long out of your busy day 🙂