It’s how you get there”. – Buddha
I stood staring at a card with this little Buddha saying on it and read it about ten times before it hit me (it takes a while sometimes for my head to get out of the way and let my heart tell me something).. And BAM! I realised I am not enjoying the journey anymore. Oh dear..
We’re going to Africa this week, so the realisation couldn’t have come at a better time. You see I’ve been running around like a crazy woman doing everything to get organised for this holiday – house/chook/cat sitter, lists for this and that, copies of travel documents. Insurance.. Blah blah blah where’s all the excitement gone?! Where is the “I’m going to Africa!” adventure child in me and why is it so hard to rouse feelings of excitement and anticipation about it? When did it become all about the devil in the details and who stole all the wonder?
Been there in mindless land? There now? Me too, and it’s not a great place. So why do I keep letting myself go back there and end up being miserable about it? I have lots of lists with most of the boxes ticked (it’s a nurse thing) but still not any happier. In fact, living in a state of perpetual busyness is beyond ridiculous and I’m (re)discovering that it’s quite bad for my health and happiness on many levels. I can’t control everything, and when I do try I miss out on so much.
The trick, I’m learning again, is to be here. Not there. Not tomorrow, not yesterday, not sitting on African soil with sun on my face tomorrow. Be here and now. This is the only place where things happen, where thoughts and feelings can have their most powerful effects.
So my mission for this holiday starts now. I’m even going to enjoy cramming my 6 foot self into a teeny tiny seat on a plane because it’s the journey that matters, it’s where all the little moments come together to make up the whole. And when I get to Africa, land of my birth where things smell right and the ground beneath my feet resonates deep in my bones, I’ll enjoy that even more because I’ve opened myself up to the full experience of living.
Take some time this week to truly stop and ask yourself if you’re flying through life and missing out on living in the moment. If you discover that your life is being lived in the future and the past instead of NOW, remember to breathe. Breathe slowly with intention, and focus on drawing back all the little threads of energy back to your centre.
Breathe deeply and often, and let it gently bring you back into this moment. Ahhh, welcome to the now.
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