Hello my fellow human Beings:
Are you getting too caught up in all the requirements of your to-do lists? … all the must-dos, should-haves and ought-tos of adult life?
Do you worry about having done/said the “wrong thing” or not doing/saying the “right thing”?
Do you fear you won’t have enough (time, money, energy, etc.) to do A, B, C?
Do you doubt your path in life, achieving your goal or reaching your dream?
All those worries, fears and doubts rolling around in your mind with all the things that need/should/ought to get done. It can leave your mind spinning with loads of chattering thoughts banging around like balls in a bingo caller’s drum. You can become exhausted at the end of the day with all that bouncing around from thought to thought to thought.
If we get too wrapped up swinging from one thought vine to the next, we can miss enjoying the moments of life’s simple joys.
Those moments of:
- warm sun washing over your face,
- a cool breeze brushing through your hair,
- the glimpse of a bunny hopping across your path into the bushes,
- the sweet smile on your child’s face when you lift him/her up, or
- your dog running excitedly, tail wagging, to greet you as you enter the door home.
Our meditation practice coaches us in the habit of pausing, breathing in the stillness, focusing on the present moment, and being in the here and now. so that we can relish those simple moments of life.
Contemporary spiritual teacher, Eckhart Tolle, in his book, Stillness Speaks, reminds us of the trap of getting lost in excessive thoughts. He writes:
“The stream of thinking has enormous momentum that can easily drag you along with it. Every thought pretends that it matters so much. It wants to draw your attention in completely.
Here is a new spiritual practice for you: don’t take your thoughts too seriously.”
So I encourage you this week to take time out of your busy schedules to STOP, to be still a while … and to just BREATHE. Don’t take your thoughts too seriously. Instead, for several minutes, just let your thoughts go. Be with your breath. Connect with the moment. Connect with your Inner, True Self. Connect with the essence of life.
Be in the now.
Be fully present.
Live fully now.