Mindfulness is one of the things that I listed under The Clear Mind. And there’s a reason for that. Mindfulness- the act of focusing on the now- makes a world of difference. So much of a difference that I cannot even accurately describe how it makes me feel without talking in circles. Clearer. Focused. Calmer. All things that we could all need.
Today is a Sunday at home for us and I have a to do list that is a mile long because it is also laundry day and the house needs to be cleaned. Right now I don’t mind the list but a large part of that is because I am using it as a dumping ground for all of the things I don’t want running through my head.
Still, I have to reign myself in. I catch my mind wandering off, shooting ahead to the million things that are in the future, and I have to take a breath and refocus.
I started playing with mindfulness last spring. At that point I had developed a little bit of a meditation practice and I was starting to see the value of letting thoughts slip away. (Again, sometimes I like to take an idea and chase it until I find another one that I want to chase but this is not always the best way to handle things.) The first day that I made a conscious effort to be mindful was like magic. I’d catch my mind wandering off at work and I’d take a deep breath, check my posture, and then focus. It felt so good. I wasn’t worrying and I wasn’t hurrying. I was just being and doing, doing the task at hand and being there for it. At the end of the day I had accomplished more than I had in a long time and I felt less anxious and more energized.
That is the world that I want to live in today. There’s no use thinking about tomorrow. Today I want to breath and focus and get into a flow and not worry about how much I get done and take the time to do the task at hand, even if that task is petting the cat on my lap for a good fifteen minutes. Because, you know, there is no better time for this than now. Now is the place to be.