I love the way things in our life seem to reflect what is most useful to us even when we don’t realise it.
Yesterday evening I was feeling really unwell. As for many women of my age, my body is re-adjusting to the next phase of my life. For me this sometimes means several hours of feeling unwell every couple of months.
I have to tell you, I was feeling really sorry for myself. I ended up going to bed early and focusing on my misery. This is something I have noticed before. It is really easy to stay present with discomfit and pain!
The only thing I thought about was how I was feeling. I had few or no intruding thoughts or distractions. I was 100% in the moment.
Is this what we mean by living in the “now”!
Many people have a perception of living the now as being about peaceful stillness and communing with nature. Developing a sense of serenity and well being.
Practicing mindfulness is not really just about when we feel relaxed and at peace. We can be present and totally focused on doing a mundane task. This can allow us to access peace and acceptance.
But what about being mindful or present with unpleasant things?
Last night I wallowed in my pain and actually it was okay. There have been times when I’ve been feeling more resourceful when I’ve asked my body what it needs and listened to the response. Interestingly when I do that I usually move through the pain quicker.
This morning with just a little residual tension I was beginning to feel better. It was then that I noticed that I have not experienced any hay fever symptoms since yesterday. Did I just forget to manifest that while being present with a different experience? Or has my allergen just moved past the pollen stage? Perhaps it was the change in the weather? What do you think?
These are ramblings today and that’s okay, I’m just going with whatever wants to be written without editing.
Next week I will move on to talking more about being present and mindful in more pleasurable ways. As always I would love to have your comments and thoughst.