Imagine having a full daily agenda and being stressed. Imagine that you have to run to an important meeting. So mainly feeling overwhelmed with everything that is going on in your life. It is like looking from above at a sky full of clouds and the clouds are your thoughts.
Would you then consider 10 minutes when you just stop everything you do and allow yourself to meditate? Sounds inappropriate and disruptive from your chain of busy life, right? But I do think that this is its main idea: to bring you back to the “now” and make you take a break from the crazy routine.
You would actually be able to continue the rest of the day, or at least few hours, with a clearer mind. You would be in a more relaxed state. Not feeling that affected by the things around as you would if you didn’t have had your little moment of stillness. The events around you would feel like you are standing in the rain but you are not getting wet. That is because you have your umbrella of mindfulness freshly opened. So you can acknowledge the rain, but it will not affect you.
Even while I am writing this, I am aware that it sounds like I recommend some really unusual things to be applied. And who would do that? I know it is not easy to put in practice such things. If during the day you don’t have the possibility of having some privacy, where you could do that, it even sounds impossible.
Just try returning to the present moment for a short time, and being aware of your own breathing process. This can act like a pause button and a check on how you truly feel. Ask yourself how you really are, take a deep breath and be still for brief moment. Be gentle to your own person and do not allow all the external negativeness affect you.
A very good friend of mine told me once: “If the current situation is not good for you, take few steps back little girl”.
Sometimes it’s worth taking a break, looking around, being aware of what is happening to you now. If necessary, it’s worth taking a few steps back. It might look like we give up on something if we do this but it is not necessarily true. Allowing to have a “mind full” instead of trying to be “mindful” we might not end up where we initially wanted to.
Because all the stress and full agendas do not allow us to see the big picture anymore. We are not aware anymore and we just go with the flow. This might not be the best scenario if we can’t see where is it taking us. So take few steps back when needed. Look at the picture of your life from a bit further and decide if you like and agree with what you see. If not, you need to readjust a bit the frame.