For most people, the idea of working in Bali conjures up ideas of bliss, ease and sunny days. While that is true, there is also the day-to-day of work and still getting caught up in to-do lists, expectations and working within a team.
Ove the past two days, I found myself slipping back into full-on-work-mode Heather (FOWMH). This person moves fast, reads fast and works hard to get everything done on time and above and beyond expectation. When this happens, FOWMH can experience the exact opposite outcomes…missed deadlines, muddled communication and the feeling as though things are falling through the cracks, whether in Bali or somewhere else!
In response to that, the universe can send us little signals to slow down and move, think, speak and act with more intention. My signal came in the form of a latte yesterday morning and I am so grateful it did!
I was in the midst of work swirl…those moments when the to-do list feels like it is getting longer and the ability to manage things seems to slip out of control. My next item was to order a latte and ensure it got down to the person who was teaching the next part of the course I am assisting on. I ordered the latte and waited for it to be prepared. That was the first lesson to slow down…waiting patiently for something to come and not jumping behind the counter to make it myself. Recognizing that there is a team of people who makes that latte – and all the other ones made in a day – and that I am dependent on them and their schedule in that moment forced me to slow down, take a seat and just breathe.
I then had to walk with the latte and my heavy bag down two sets of stairs and over uneven earth to the studio where the session was held. I balanced the latte and my bag, slowing E V E R Y T H I N G down. I needed to focus to not spill a drop, move slower to avoid jostling myself and the cargo I carried. I was able to concentrate on this one cup of joe and my body and mind moved only in response to that cup.
It was a mindful moving latte meditation.
I needed to slow down, to breathe, to move with intention. If I didn’t, I risked knocking the whole thing out of balance, just as my work morning had been. So, for the rest of the day, I worked to balance, breathe and practice being intentional with everything I was doing.
In the end, it ended up being a great day.
How do you bring intention to your thoughts, words and actions?