The morning sun shines through the huge pine trees on this crisp, fresh morning. I breathe in the cool, fresh morning air. Ahhh, another beautiful moment…
I’m learning to slow down. I’m learning to be present. I take the time to look at the things that are around me everywhere, everyday. Simple things, like the incredible pattern of my cat’s fur, perfectly placed in rows of colorful stripes and waves.
Ok, I know what you’re thinking – “this woman is wacko”. Aside from that possible observation, I have come to realize that life has been speeding up to the degree that time seems shorter; or at least, what we get done in a certain amount of time, has taken away my ability to enjoy anything I do because I’m not savouring the moment.
This era of seriously over-rated multi-tasking, “hang-on-to-your-shorts” warp speed life of ours has put me in a state of monkey mind. I can’t keep my mind on what I am doing right here, right now. I’m supposed to be thinking ahead at all times about several things at once to keep up and get it all done. Did you know that this is considered a great talent in this day and age? Well, I say, screw that!
I am taking a step backwards. My sleepless nights and body aches are increasing with the speed-of -light lifestyle that seems to be the “norm”. What happened to life that used to be livable and non-life threatening? We seem to move in this world in “heart-attack-waiting-to-happen” style while inhaling fast food on the way to the next task and talking on our cell phone as we careen away from the near-miss accident in front of us.
So, I’m taking a Mindfulness program to help me to live in the moment – not thinking about the past, not worrying about tomorrow – just right here, right now and enjoying it for what it is. How ironic, taking a course, learning to live life the way we used to: with simplicity, ease and at the speed that is humanly possible. So, I go to my special place, take my shoes off at the door, bring my “blankie” and pillow and lie on the floor. I close my eyes and meditate on just my breathing, no thought, no interruption and no stress. It’s the best thing I’ve ever spent money on.
I’ve been conscious of wanting to live my life on the “fringe”, not following the sheep-like mentality of our culture. Treading my own path, trusting my intuition and have tried to ignore the lifestyle that the media and others have groomed us to believe what is and should be.
Here’s the kicker – we’ve created this technologically-driven world for simultaneous pleasure, while being remotely controlled through our lives to keep up, get more done, and drive “Nascar-ishly”, albeit, with more air bags, so that we don’t get run over by the Hummer behind us.
No wonder we have more heart disease, mental illness, disability claims, divorces, murders, employees “going postal” and Michael Moore films. Let’s start a John Lennon style lie-in. Let’s all lay down with our “blankies” on our fashionably mowed, chemically-beautified lawns, letting the world know we want to be mindful in our lives, communities, cities, provinces, country – our world.
Mindfulness training is a great place to start, enjoying every moment each day, really taking it all in, moment-by-moment. We learn to slow down, get off the merry-go-round, really feel, see and smell, taking in the meaning of everything around us at a slower speed, with kindness, compassion. That’s the world I want to live in and I will challenge you to start now.
Peggy lives in Yellowpoint on beautiful Vancouver Island where she mindfully enjoys life and all that it offers.