Do you ever feel like you have hit the fast forward button?
I do. All the time!
Life can be busy.
Like you, there are many parts to me.
I am ever the creator.
I am sociable.
I am enthusiastic about learning. There is nothing I love more than to learn and then share this learning.
I love being active. Swimming, running and cycling are my things at the moment. Ultimate frisbee, basketball and hockey were my things in a previous life.
Relaxation is essential!
Cooking is fun.
Baths are important.
As are books in baths.
And watching Netflix, not in baths though.
When time is endless, the ‘me’ seamlessly enjoys each of these parts, and I get drawn into a go go go mentality. Like so many of you, however, I find this hard to sustain.
I reach saturation point.
My world begins to narrow.
And then I remember.
HIT THE RESET BUTTON
I use mindfulness.
I use massage.
I become active … again.
I visit friends and family.
My energy returns and I potter once more.
Time is endless once more … and then it’s not … again?!
Ping. Beep. An attack of the blue flashing light.
I feel the need to be connected. It is an amazing thing and I would not be able to do my job without it.
But here’s the problem. When we leave work, technology is following close behind.
Like you, I often find myself losing time to technology. One moment and one question lead on to many others. And before I know it, several hours (really? Yes) have disappeared before my stingy eyes.
The solution? Modern day meditation.
Modern day meditation can take many forms.
In some moments, it can take the form of traditional meditation. It can be about sitting in a still room, becoming aware of the moment, of the room, of your thoughts, of your breathing, of sensations in your body.
The outcome? Clarity.
If this sounds like something you would enjoy, here is a link to an audio file that you may find helpful:
In other moments, it can be something more intricate.
Stop. Just for one moment.
Become aware of the behaviour that you are choosing to do. Become aware of how that is making you feel.
Is there something else that would make you feel better in this moment?
Yes. Do that instead.
No. Please do continue.
We have a choice in life.
If life feels busy and time feels precious a lot of the time, there is a reason for this.
Perhaps we don’t consider the alternative and sometimes we just forget who we are.
We have a choice.
In relation to technology, we can choose to use it meaningfully AND do all the other things.
Take some time to remember who you are and then remember to give yourself some time to choose.
Modern day meditation makes for more time in life. You should give it a go.
Written by Islay Innes Massage Therapist