I wasn’t going to write a post this week. I’ve gone back to studying this year and for the last month I haven’t really had the time to go out and do much adventuring. So as uninspiring as that is, I got to thinking …. nothing much is ok and should be given as much value as all other things sometimes ☯️.
We put so much pressure on ourselves to do things, when actually doing nothing is really important. I know how important it is for my kids to be “bored” and how it helps to build creativity and resilience, so I guess the same goes for me right? At mindfulness the other night I had a realization (I tend to have at least one every time I practice, thanks Jane 🙏!) I distract myself from “boredom” (aka time & space) with things like… food, wine, Facebook, Netflix and yes even adventures! It got me thinking – are my thoughts that bad? Are they not worth making the time to sit with?
Making time to practice mindfulness allows me the space to think about “the why?” Why do I do the things I do? Why do I feel the way I feel? It’s about learning to recognize what I’m thinking and then not passing judgement on it , or myself.
It was great just to come to that realization and acknowledge it. But also to acknowledge that sometimes its ok to want the distraction. We need to be kind to ourselves – the things we do and the things we feel are all OK 👌.
It is a strange time at the moment with us all being in “lock-down”, but I’m actually feeling pretty optimistic and positive about how things are going to be on the other side – with more people getting back to basics, living in a more local way and putting the environment before economics.
I’m not saying giving ourselves time and space is always easy or that the next month is going to be without challenges but maybe with a bit of time, compassion and thoughtfulness we can come out the other end stronger and healthier and more connected.
So enjoy doing nothing much and remember you can still smile with your eyes 👀 when your mouth is covered 😷.
Nga mihi, Anita ✌️🥜🌿
Make sure you check out our facebook page – Tammy has been picking up my slack and putting out some pretty rad posts for us all during these testing times.