Mind Full or Mindful?
Is your mind full, or are you mindful? Do you know the difference?
Yesterday I made a plan to complete a work in progress over the next 13 weeks. I’m using the Self Journal to help me with the planning, complete with a contract to myself for getting the job done.
I grabbed my laptop, ready to start. Nothing came to me. I couldn’t concentrate. I paced around like a caged animal. I had a plan and an outline. Why couldn’t I type even one sentence?
My mind was racing with jumbled thoughts, flight of ideas, and excuses to do something else rather than write. My mind was full, but I wasn’t mindful. I wasn’t engaged in what I was trying to do. I decided to go for a walk to clear my head of the cobwebs.
A Mindful Walk
Years ago I read a few books by Jon Kabat-Zinn. I learned from reading his work to be mindful of each moment I am living, giving full attention to the present. Being instead of doing. For it is true, we shall never get moments back, we spend them and they’re gone. It doesn’t matter where you are, because wherever you go, there you are. You can’t run away from yourselves. We don’t know how many moments we have left in life – we might as well live them fully, present, and engaged.
So out I went for a walk around the property. I’ve done this before, but this time I was paying attention. Mindful. Come walk with me.
I never knew there was a stream.
Or a blanket of yellow flowers in the woods.
I never noticed the flowering shrubs and trees.
Spring had sprung! I didn’t notice it happen.
No that’s not Cousin It – it’s me – a bug fell out of a tree into my hair. A spider, I’m sure! Shaking it out.
The fountains are running again! And the ducks and geese are back!
A pretty gazebo – a nice place to rest, meditate, or watch the fountains and birds.
A rainbow in the water!
The cover is off the pool and the filter pumps are running – summer is around the corner!
The tennis court is ready.
And back home to my condo.
It is amazing what you see when you take the time to look. After my mindful walk, my head was clear, my step lighter, and my muse back. It just took a little time out to stop and smell the roses. When you do, you will see the world is a beautiful place.
Oh, and I got in my 10k steps for the day.