It seems that the world we live in is focussed on fast and perhaps, instantaneous results. With the way technology has advanced and how we have kept up, it has almost taken away our ability to slow things down to appreciate the moment we are in and the value of human interaction. Life is supposed to be enjoyed, not endured.
Are you rolling out of bed to get to work, running between meetings, answering e-mails or texts on your phone, booking back-to-back appointments or social engagements, or just simply trying to beating rush hour?
One of the many things that travel has taught me is to enjoy and appreciate the moment that you are in because life can pass you by pretty quickly. Time is something that most of us take forgranted. In some way, shape or form we are able to convince ourselves that we have plenty of it. Could it be because we live in an age of constant distractions?
One of the brilliant aspects of travel is that it forces you to focus on the present instead of worrying about the future. It allows you to forget about time, and let your mind be as still or active as it wants. Savouring that first sip of coffee in the morning, feeling the warmth of the sunshine on your face or reading a good book in a park.
How do we keep those positive vibes with us when we come home? Perhaps, it’s something like a trinket or picture to remind us of how we felt. That zen feeling may not last forever but we can try to remember it and apply it to our stressful days when we get home.
When you shut your day down, leave the grind, gossip and politics behind. Surround yourself with those you can be yourself around while enjoying each other’s company. Try not to get caught up in other people’s expectations and that “fake it ’til you make it” stuff is a bunch of garbage. Take a break from the phone and laptop to remember the moments of the day that made you smile.
Wherever you are to enjoy your surroundings and the environment around you. For that instance, let time stand still and just be present.
Mindfulness is a beautiful thing.