Hello my fellow human Beings:
Do you have days when the stresses of all your daily doings seem to get too much for you?
Do you have times when you feel like your to-do lists just keep getting longer and longer and you don’t know how you’ll get it all done?
Do you feel overwhelmed by demands on your time from others wanting this or that from you?
If you answered, “YES” to any of these questions, then you need to take a moment of mindfulness for yourself.
When we get too consumed in all the doing in our life, we forget how important it is to just PAUSE, be still, and BE.
Pausing to just BE is so essential to help us stay in balance, to be grounded, and to put things in perspective.
Roger Housden, author of Keeping the Faith Without a Religion, reminds us of the importance of just pausing from all our doing, thinking and talking to just be. He writes:
“A fully lived life is not dependent on what we do or on whether we deem it to be worthwhile or not. It is about the sheer simplicity of being. Being what? That we shall discover only when we rest awhile from being everything that we think we are, including being a meditator or a spiritual practitioner. …Every spiritual tradition recognizes that the mind needs to come to rest to reflect the clear light of being.”
Zen Master, Thich Nhat Hahn, in his book Moments of Mindfulness, adds to this point by writing:
“Clarity flows from mindfulness. When we are mindful, we can practice Right Thought and Right Speech. With the energy of mindfulness, we can always return to our true home, the present moment. …
Practicing mindfulness at each level can be the foundation of well-being and happiness. When we don’t practice mindfulness, we suffer in our body, our mind and in our relationships. In practicing mindfulness, we become a peaceful refuge for ourselves and others.”
So when you feel the pressure of all life’s doings weighing you down, just STOP, be still¸ BREATHE, and be fully present in the moment.
Be alert and awake, be mindful and attention, be in the now.
You can accomplish this by sitting in meditation with your eyes closed and your attention focused fully on your breath. By being still and observing each in-breath and each out-breath, your mind comes to rest and you connect to your Inner Sanctuary and you can then reflect on the clear light of being.
You can also realize this state of being by being mindful and fully present in a single task at hand. For example, if you are cooking dinner, you can be fully mindful and focused on the colours, sights and sounds of the vegetables you are cutting, or take in and focus your attention on the aromas of the curry you are stirring. In this way, your attention is focused on the present moment and you are mindful of your cooking and not distracted by other thoughts and feelings.
Similarly, you can focus your full attention on being present in the washing of the dishes – feeling the water running over your hands, seeing the soap suds, feeling the motion of scrubbing the dishes. By focusing fully on the task of washing the dishes, and not thinking of anything else, you can quiet the mind chatter and be still in the moment.
So I encourage you this week to take time out of all your doings to be still, to meditate and be fully mindful, to connect to your Inner Self, and just BE. It is by taking moments of mindfulness for ourselves that we learn to live abundant lives.