I'm writing this during yet another transitional period of my life.
I am sitting in the sunshine on my deck, feeling everything around me - the breeze, the sun on my skin, noticing the lush greenery of the grass underneath. i'm picturing all that has changed around me in the last few weeks. Last month at this time, we had over 2 feet of snow surrounding us, and now the birds are chirping and nests are being made. The world is always changing and in transition, just like us.
We will ALWAYS be changing.
I was initially resistant to this idea. You see, I am a complicated person. I enjoy spontaneity and change constantly, but on my terms when I control it. When it is out of my control, I have a difficult time accepting it. I think we all do, but it's a part of life we need to become comfortable with.
During this transitional period, I've seen myself grow. I've seen how I was not bringing my yoga OFF the mat to accept these changes the last year or so, and I have been able to acknowledge that and take a deep look at my SELF.
I listened to a TED Talk this morning with a speech that Steve Jobs did at Stanford awhile back. He explained that living everyday like he was dying allowed him to embrace life and make the best decisions. He did what he loved every day. Somewhere, I previously lived like this, but we all ebb and flow and we catch ourselves just "going through the motions" and checking things off of our to-do lists. I had fallen into this rut.
What can you do every day that will allow you to be mindful and grounded and it isn't on your to-do list? Maybe it's a morning walk or a cup of tea as the birds begin to awaken the rest of the world around you. Maybe it's lunch with some friends, or maybe it is a career based around everything you love. What is your perfect day? If you could learn about anything in the world, what would it be? Take a baby step toward doing that today and watch how you're able to "connect the dots" later in life.
We all need this "reset" button in life sometimes, but it is great when we can have that every single day with this mindset. What are those things that you can put off sometimes to do more during one day that actually is important? Because it isn't always working until you go to sleep. What if this was your last day ever, and you didn't get to tell your family how you loved them? It could be as simple as calling someone you love after work to "reset" you for the rest of the night.
I also took some tips from Estelle Campenni, who discussed her research and experiences with mindfulness at the studio's Wellness Day at the Pittston Memorial Library this past weekend. I drove around aimlessly with my boyfriend on our Sunday evening, reminiscing about some spring smells and his childhood experiences in the area. I noticed the smells of barbecue and the smell of the sun on my skin. I thought of the smell of fresh cut grass and the sounds of kids playing outside. It is amazing what that does for the soul. I came home a completely different person. After being in a funk earlier in the day, I had a renewed appreciation for those around me and I showed more gratitude. I had more energy, but was not anxious and running on adrenaline. It was refreshing.
It is beautiful how right everything can seem and how you're brought back to reality by doing something so simple and just "following your heart".
Do it at least once today.