In our hectic lives, many of us are juggling being the best at work, being parents and partners, as well as feeling ‘connected’ with the rest of society to fulfill our innate feelings that we must be here for a higher purpose. Food is eaten on the go, feeding our children is a military operation that needs them to ‘chuck it down’ them, so we can get on with the more important things like getting them to school. Ask many people whether they feel they are getting enough sleep and the answer will be a unanimous ‘NO!’.
It was my son’s birthday yesterday, and I was working. It took my over 4 hours getting home because of an accident on the motorway. How did I make this up to him? I spent money on more toys!? I’m sure on a superficial level, my son was pleased. But deep down, he didn’t need any more toys. My guilt had driven me to do the only thing I felt I could.
When will this running around end? I sat up this morning and heard the wind chimes I had bought recently, tinkling away in the garden. They seemed to ‘ground’ me. I felt I was finally ‘here’, in the present. So much of our lives are spent worrying about the past or worrying about ‘what will be’ in the future. This thought of finally being ‘grounded’, reminded me of Mindfulness, and a training course I had attended a few weeks ago. The joy and satisfaction of the here and now is so often lost.
Things will not always go the way we want them to. Sometimes things will just keep going ‘wrong’. ‘Grounding’ ourselves in the present can take us away from the ‘what will be’ phase, to the present and a more calm and relaxed state. In this state, answers to our problems will come and what was breakdown, will very quickly become breakthrough and a new solution will bring the hope and clarity you were after….