I love the word refuge as it sounds safe and secure, a place to rest.
“Take refuge in the moment.” – Jack Kornfield
Being in the moment is the safest place to be, free from overthinking past events or trying to predict and manipulate future events. Both are a waste of energy as we can’t change the past and we don’t have a crystal ball for the future.
Stress, worry and anxiety are greatly reduced when you are in the present moment and being mindful is a very good way to do this.
A beautiful way to introduce mindfulness in your life is when you are outside surrounded by nature.
Going for a walk is lovely, really focus on the movement and feeling in your body, notice the colours, the textures, the changing temperatures, smells and sounds around you.
Sit outside in a sunny or shady spot and notice what’s around you, sit quietly, close your eyes and listen to the sounds. Listen to the birds, or the bark of a dog, the wind in the trees, the traffic, the sounds near and the sounds that seem far away, accepting what is, right now.
You will be surprised at how loud quiet can be.
Your mind will wander, that’s normal, kindly and gently bring your awareness back to your surroundings again and again …
The more you do this the easier it will become and you will begin to bring this skill into your everyday life, returning again and again to the present moment.
” I am able to notice when I’m becoming distracted and bring myself back to the moment, it’s becoming easier to do this.”- Vicki
Being mindful won’t magically erase deadlines, mortgages or the stress of life. What it does do, is give you space between the action and the reaction.
Try these simple activities and let me know how you felt and what you noticed.
Check out my classes if you want to learn more.