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Stop Running! Live a Purposeful Life
We’re so busy trying to get it all done — and trying to get it all done right — that we sometimes miss life in our hurry to get to the goal.
After our anniversary trip to Oklahoma last year, where I spent a week relaxing, re-energizing and revisiting the key values in my life. I came away with some surprising
The resort where we stayed is located on Monkey Island. I’d never been to Monkey Island or Oklahoma for that matter.
Needless to say, there was a somewhat poor reception, but that’s OK. I needed to disconnect and go back to the basics. Writing, Reading, Meditating and Sleeping! I didn’t realize I was so, so sleep deprived!
One day I decided to go for a walk around the grounds. Late in the evening most of the guest staying at the resort were either out dining or at the pool. So the place was pretty much deserted and empty.
After a couple of minutes, I realized I was mostly power walking, which wasn’t my original intention when I decided to take a walk. I noticed that as my mind was racing with ideas and to do lists of things I wanted to get done once I returned that my walking had increased in pace. Before I knew it I was out of breath.
One foot in front of the other.
So I slowed down, took a deep breath, and placed my foot down purposefully on the sidewalk, and then the next. Slowly so that I wouldn’t have to slow myself down again as I continued to walk and you know what happened.
I started noticing that my mind and thoughts were no longer going a mile a minute, I was breathing easier and straining less. My plan was to walk for about an hour and then head back for a steak dinner that my husband was going to grill for us.
Since I’d taken random paths during my walk, I had to figure out my way back and without rushing the walk that I’d so thoroughly enjoyed.
I decided that even if I was late, I would place each foot consciously every time I took a step. Although it took a lot for me to do this (what with a big juicy steak & veggies waiting for me).
But it turned out to be an amazing centering and meditative practice. One footstep at a time — that’s all I chose to think about. And I was suddenly more aware of everything — the sound of the wind, the chattering of birds and squirrels, and the dusk peeking through the trees.
“Centering is the art of being fully alive. And wherever the art of centering is practiced, things change dramatically.”
— Tom Crum, “Journey to Center”
I thought: I could do this more often. Be here now. Feel the touch of my foot on the sidewalk/dirt/sand or grass. Feel the steering wheel as I drive. BE at the stop light, instead of minutes or hours ahead at the destination. Hear the birds outside my front door.
Multi-Tasking is OVERRATED!
I began to think that multi-tasking is overrated. The really hard thing is to be fully present in one place at a time. But, I am purposely choosing to do just THAT! Be fully present to see and smell all the things.
How aware are you of this moment? Does life seem to speed up so much that you miss some of the most important parts? Take a moment right now and breathe. Count to 5 on the inhale, and count 5 again on the exhale. Take the time. It’s now that you’re alive, not yesterday and not tomorrow. Now.
Wishing you good energy in every moment!
Let me know how you’re living a purposeful life? What has helped you feel centered and in the moment?