It’s another wonderful day on planet earth. It’s cold outside and I can hear the hum of distant traffic rushing about on a January Sunday. I am going out soon to visit family.
Before I venture forth (sounds like I am going up the Amazon in a canoe), I am going to sit still and go within. I regard this as fundamental to me as eating or breathing. It’s free, always available and beneficial beyond imagination. It’s my time to unplug from the madness and return to source. I have no tips or advice on how to do this. I decide when I need to pull back, leave the ‘room ‘ and be quiet.
Sometimes it’s difficult because my mind tries to pull me back in. At first that would drive me mad but now I breathe and let that pass. Sometimes I realise I am causing myself more harm by forcing myself to be still. Then I go do something and then come back to the stillness. I like the advice of Thich Nhat Hanh about being in the moment.For example when I am washing the dishes. I dip my warm hand into soapy water and its fragrance wafts up. I pay attention to the sound of the cup splashing into the water and I smile at the clean cup as it soaks. I lift the wet clean cup out of the water and turn it slowly to inspect it. I smile at the pattern and colour of the cup. I feel better already. Ahh to be fully present.
I love to listen to my dog sleeping. That helps me. I love to ‘tune into ‘ the wind, or pay attention to a bird singing, the hum of the fridge. Any of these take me back to this wonderful magical moment and I smile.
I like to know that when I pay attention to this moment I am free, happy and at peace. I am at one with my inner world and what is it saying – I love you
Happy Sunday everyone