Yesterday, my friend, Vanessa was stuck in traffic en route to a meeting downtown. It was not quite the end of another busy day during an action-packed time in her life. Instead of fretting or fuming like many other drivers, she chose to play some relaxing music and enjoy this moment standing still.
When our agendas are full and our days are packed with back to back activity, we can feel as if we don’t have time to think let alone breathe. During those times in our lives when we are getting by on little sleep because we have so much to do and no time to lose, we need to pause more than ever.
These are the times we desperately need to take our time outs, coffee breaks, meditative moments and reflection retreats. We need to schedule them into our days just as we should our regular meals, daily exercise and adequate sleep.
To do any less makes us mentally inefficient, emotionally stressed and physically exhausted. Without daily rest and reflection, sooner or later we may find ourselves desperately going nowhere or in a place far from where we would want to be.
Without reflection from the perspective of our whole lives, we may simply be reacting to the demands of each day.
The alternative is to be mindfully active.
To be fully engaged and present, we need time each day to relax, recharge and reflect.
Coming up: Where I find time to reflect and meditate each day.