There is something in me that is always bubbling away under the surface and it used to manifest as worry or over-thinking. I finally realized how pointless it was to brood over the past, or to be trying to constantly plan my future in every tiny detail.Now I try to catch myself before the bubbling takes over and starts eating away at my happiness. Here's three easy ways I've discovered lately to calm my mind and to appreciate being in the moment.
SAVOURING THE LAST BITEI have just finished reading "The Heir Of Novron" by Michael J. Sullivan. In one scene where the main characters are facing almost certain death, they ask a young monk why he isn't worried. He replies:
"Life is only as precious as you wish it to be, I look at it like the last bite of a wonderful meal - do you enjoy it, or does the knowledge that there is no more to follow make it so bitter that you would ruin the experience?"
"Each day is a gift granted me, and it would be wasted if spent poorly. Besides, for me, I've learned that the last bite is often the sweetest."
Worry does that to you, you are so busy planning ahead in case of disaster, you miss savouring the moment you are in. How many "sweet" moments have I missed by letting possible future events spoil the moment? My plan now is to remember his words and savour as many sweet bites of life as possible. There are no guarantees except for the moment we are in - so why not enjoy it?
While we're on the subject of monks, I also saw this little video on Facebook recently - it's short, sweet and I know I have a monkey mind chattering away incessantly. I'm now using his little piece of advice to remember to breathe and to just "be" and let my monkey mind have a rest now and then.
THE TIBETAN MONK
MINDFULNESS JARSAnother fun thing I've turned my hand to lately is Mindfulness Jars. A lot of Mommy Bloggers have written about them because they use them as part of time out with their children. The jars give their child something to focus on and it calms them down.
My husband and I made a few (he's planning on using them with his counselling clients) but I've kept one for myself - watching that glitter sparkle and gradually settle brings a smile to my face and slows me down for a couple of minutes. Mindfulness at its best.
If you're interested in making one for yourself there is a link HERE - you might need to play around with the amount of glitter and glue you use to get the consistency right. We used Voss water bottles because they look great (and also come in plastic if you have kids).
A little video of our jars in action: