As I sit here, watching the leaves turn various shades of gold and red, I am reminded to take a breath and once again, to focus on being present.
It has been a year of incredible shifts and change (thanks multiple crazy full moons and other amazing astrological events!) including career moves, physical moves, relationship moves and everything in between. Dealing with all of this change means my Vata is completely out of whack and I am in some serious need of grounding, quiet and comfort.
My nature is to not sit still for too long. I’ve always believed I thrive on change and adopted a “GO, GO, GO!” attitude from the time I was little. I’ve been in constant states of movement and flux and, as a result, always believed that is the natural order of my life. My philosophy was…adapt and roll with it or get run over.
I am now taking a moment to reconsider the opposite. Yes, it is important to be flexible and go with the flow…especially when a lot of change is occurring all at once; however, it is also important to give yourself time to slow down, recuperate, reassess and sink into these moments of stability (wherever and whenever you can get them).
That is where practicing peace in presence comes in.
I am finding myself with a strong desire to take time with everything I’m doing and not rush headlong into the scrum. I want to savour each bite, linger on walks, stay in my pyjamas and pay closer attention to loved ones. I want to practice being fully present and not be thinking about what is going to happen five minutes, five hours, five days, five years from now. I’m trying to slow down. It’s not easy, but I’m trying!
How do you slow down? How do you take time to savour? How do you remain present in the moment?
Mantra: I commit to peace in this present moment.