We live our whole lives in a tiny slice of “now” that moves through time.
How often do we pay attention to what’s going on? How often are we truly present to the now?
Often our minds are somewhere else - reviewing the past, thinking about the future, scrolling on social media… The only thing we know for certain is that we have NOW.
Children are the perfect example of being in the NOW. They live moment to moment, totally engaged and joyful. They never think about what happened in the past or what’s about to happen in the future. They’re totally here and present.
They say the key to life is to become as a child. And I didn’t say childish. :)
So, lately, when I’m with my children, I am working on being fully present. Not thinking about work, or my grocery list, but instead being truly there. I get down on their level, wonder what it’s like to be a child again, laugh, ask them questions, play… it’s such a multi-sensory experience that it’s feels like a vacation for my mind.
And that sounds strange… You have 2 kids under 3, how is that like a vacation? Well, I said a vacation “for my mind.” It’s like when you’re in a “flow state” and time stands still and it feels like magic. You’re not resisting anything that’s happening, you’re just going with it, and feeling the experience completely.
It’s really beautiful.
The enlightened folk out there call this “mindfulness,” but no one really understands the definition. It’s a word that says so little about how you actually feel when you’re totally present. :)
So try it today. Go outside and just look at everything through new eyes of wonder and gratitude, just like a child might. It’s so refreshing.
Have an epic day today!