Do less more often
This weekend, we visited with friends at a mountain cabin. After we unpacked everything and got our bearings, everyone wanted to go for a hike. Usually I love to hike, but that day I said I just wanted to hang out alone.
I stretched out on the day bed, looking out through the wall of windows at the sky, clouds, mountains, and sea. I listened to the wind high in the trees, sounding like a gentle surf. The thought came to me, “This is mindfulness.” A smile spread over my face.
I’m smiling right now remembering it. I remained there for a half hour, taking it all in–and napping off and on.
Steven Covey in his book, Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, said we need to “sharpen the saw.” Take time to rest and rejuvenate so that we can be more successful.
I don’t know if this rest will make me more effective or successful. I don’t care. What I do know is that I cherish these moments of mindfulness, peace, calm, and serenity.
And we don’t have to wait for a special trip to a special place. Earlier this morning, I meditated for 20 minutes, listening to the call of the birds and the patter of gentle rain.
When was the last time you cherished a moment? Away from work, phone, family, responsibility. Look out the window. Drink in everything you see and hear. See if you can do less more often.