One of the things they really focused on was meditation, and while meditation has been a part of my life for several years now, I’ve never felt like I’m achieving what I could be with it. I know it makes a difference in my life, especially when I meditate regularly, and in fact, I can usually feel the difference between days I do, and days I don’t. But still, I’ve known that there is much more to it than I have so far experienced, and this was confirmed during Matthew’s time here.
With that in mind, and their gentle insistence that I learn to slow down my mind, so I can go deeper, I arranged for Peter and me to have a weekend at the beach, which we’ve just done. I packed a couple of books on meditation; one was Thich Nhat Hanh’s ‘The Miracle of Mindfulness’, which I read in a few hours.
Mindfulness is a huge topic of interest throughout the world today, and something I’ve been aware of the importance of, but hadn’t really practiced in any intentional way. Why? I couldn’t really tell you, other than that I haven’t chosen, until now, to make it a serious intention, because I guess I’ve been a slave to my busy mind.
Is that a bad thing? Yes and No. I have achieved much in my life, with intention, drive and passion, and the ability to juggle several things at one time. Could I have achieved more if I had been more mindful? Probably, but I’m not going to waste time on thinking about what might have been. I’ve spent enough of my life doing that, and from now on my intention is to learn to live much more in the moment, instead of constantly flitting from one thing to another, scattering my energy.
This is huge for me, as I’ve always prided myself on being able to focus on several things at one time, believing that this is a big part of why I achieve as much as I do. However, I love a challenge and living a much more mindful life will certainly be that.
So here goes - a new stage in my life is unfolding…