Learning to Live a Meditative, Mindful Life
As told in GIFs
Are you ready? Here we go ….
For most of my adult life, I’ve been teaching myself how to be more mindful. A reactionary person by nature, I spend time each morning visualizing my day so I can be more intentional about life.
Get up every morning and be like . . . I am peaceful. I can do this.
But the thing about life is that it doesn’t stop.
If you’re sitting at home by yourself, looking out into the woods (like I do pretty often), it’s easy to be calm, centered, mindful.
Sometimes I’m downright gleeful in my alone time. I’m a goddess who cannot be fazed.
Interacting with other people, however, all sorts of wrenches are thrown into the mindfulness game. Sometimes I work from Starbucks and there’s a huge line of people all prepared to buy and consume overpriced drinks. I think about it and it pisses me off (yet I still do it — hey, they have good wifi).
And sometimes people are assholes for no reason.
Thank goodness hot tea is a peace trigger for me. It reminds me to slow down. Sip. Find center.
I open my computer, ready to tackle the emails, requests, work tasks in a mindful manner, but as soon as I knock one out another arrives. My boss or a co-worker calls.
“I need it by the end of the day.”
“Can you do it now?”
Head down. Going. Completing. Accomplishing.
I forgot what I set out to do.
So I walk outside for some fresh air.
Yes. Life is happening all around us. We need to slow down, take it in. There is wonder everywhere. I feel joy in this moment.
Annnnd it’s time to go home ….
Zero to sixty to zero again. Life. What the eff just happened?
I get home and am welcomed by three furry family members who thought I was gone for a decade. They cannot contain their excitement. I don’t want them too. They get it right.
And life is pretty good again.
I’m reminded every day that life is hard and beautiful and heart-wrenching and amazing.
It’s all a practice.
In the end, I hope I can say I tried. And I loved. And I made the world a better place.
Today, in this moment, I’m grateful.