We are so often caught up in doing, that we allow little, if any time for being.
Consider your own feelings around being still... doing nothing... allowing time for meditation. Do you feel as though you don't have time for these things?
If the answer is yes, then you are among the majority.
The truth is - inner peace exists outside of time. Time is only a construct, and the fact that life is impermanent should be a compelling reason not to waste a single moment.
But what if you were so caught up in doing that you were never in the present moment?
The result is - we miss out on the experience of life.
So, how do we change?
By practicing mindfulness - a process of purposely bringing one's attention to experiences occurring in the present moment without judgment.
By doing this we allow ourselves to do nothing, to slow down, to restore and to think. As a result we gain perspective, we are more in touch with our emotions, our thoughts and our bodies. But it does take practice and a regular commitment to make this shift.
Mindfulness allows us to develop the skills to be able to respond to stress, rather than reacting to it.
We become a participant in our own lives rather than a victim of what is 'happening to us'.
Mindfulness practice can be incorporated into daily life in many ways - by pausing for a moment to observe your breathing, journalling, the use of meditation and mindfulness apps (Headspace + Insight Timer are a couple of good ones), or taking a slow walk through nature and intentionally observing all that is around you.
By slowing down, and even taking time to not doing anything, we are not missing out - instead we are living more fully, as we open ourselves to the whole experience and connect more deeply to the world around us.
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