"The little things, the little moments...they aren't so little" Jon Kabat-Zinn Isn’t it true that daily life can be hectic. Whether it's running from A to B, or even if sitting on the couch, our mind can be so busy, it's like Grand Central Station in there. Worrying about the future or ruminating about the past, it seems we are all over the place, everywhere in fact, but the present moment. We don't even give ourselves time to fully enjoy that cup of tea, as we are already thinking about the next thing to be doing. The accumulated effects of all this running can have detrimental effects on our health. And while we are so busy, our life is passing us by... and sadly we are missing the true nature of it! Whether it's trying to cram everything into the day, answering calls, meeting the demands of others, or being at a stage in life where it seems everything we once knew has changed, the mind can run on like a freight train and if we're not careful , we end up living with a sense of high alertness always running in the background. Feelings of inadequacy can creep in at the end of the day and it seems our mind is constantly ‘on.’ At night sleep can evade us or be restless and un-refreshing at best.
This is where Mindfulness and Meditation can really help you. It’s refreshing to learn simple life practices that allows us to step off the hamster wheel, take time to breathe , to self-calm and ease a racing mind.
Instead of ‘sweating the small stuff’ we learn to appreciate it and what's more, we have a much healthier way of dealing with the 'bigger stuff' when it shows up.'
Engaging in everyday mindfulness practices means our stress levels decrease. We experience more balance, perspective and joy in our lives! Instead of missing our lives, we are able to embrace it all. (even the parts we're not so fond of!). You could say we really reconnect with ourselves, and then make decisions to stay connected and balanced. Over time, a sense of ease, calm and inner contentment are present in our lives and in our relationships. Some people describe it as 'coming home.'