Mindful Living

Lately I feel like I’m a spectator in life, watching from the sidelines as life passes me by.

If I’m honest, I’ve felt this way for some time now, I’ve just never taken the steps to make the necessary changes.

I fear that I spend too much time thinking about things and not enough time actually doing them. Perhaps I’m a talker and not a doer (Well, no perhaps needed!). Is it possible to spend so much time talking that you forget to actually do? Is it possible to spend your life talking about the type of life you want to be living, instead of simply living it? Thinking about the type of person you want to be, instead of simply being?

But how does a talker transform into a doer? How does a spectator become the star player?

I plan to immerse myself in living a more mindful life (or at the very least, TRY!). To be present in each moment, to discover and follow my dreams, to enjoy the small moments, to live a life that I’ll one day look back upon with a smile on my face, and love in my heart.

Each day is a new beginning.

Today is my new beginning.

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Living for today

They say ‘time flies when your having fun’. I feel this saying could also translate to ‘time flies when your busy, stressed, exhausted, have a baby, and feeling somewhat overwhelmed by life’. The last couple of months have been very busy and stressful in our household, hence my poor commitment to writing! How quickly we let our goals and things we enjoy fall by the wayside when life throws us a few curve balls.

My sister and I have been doing a lot of self reflecting in the lead up to the new year. We’ve been discussing areas we would like to improve in ourselves, our life, and the goals we’d like to achieve in the next 12 months. During this process we laughed at how we probably had similar (or to be honest in my case, the same!!) goals and thoughts this time last year. This made me wonder, how, or why does this happen? Am I simply unable to commit to a goal? Am I lacking motivation? Is my desire to achieve said goal simply not strong enough? Or am I too busy planning for the future that I don’t live for today?

It’s funny the things we take for granted in life; our morning coffee, our friends and family, our hopes and dreams, and the promise of a new day.

Few of us live each day like it may be the last. We often go to bed on an argument, leave words unspoken, put things off till tomorrow, and let our dreams fall by the wayside. We live for tomorrow, without even knowing it. We constantly plan for the future, but forget about today.

Why do we so often focus on the future and what may happen, and let today, the present moment, pass us by?

I confess that I am guilty of all the above. I am forever making plans, goals, and lists for the future, which often results in nothing being achieved as I am so busy thinking and planning for tomorrow and beyond that I forget about today. I go to bed on an argument and often leave words unspoken, always taking for granted that tomorrow will be there.

I wonder what life would be like, living in the present moment and giving it your all. To focus solely on the here and now and not what tomorrow may bring. Would life be happier? Easier? More fulfilling? Would more be achieved? Relationships improved?

Is it possible to truly live in the moment? If yes, how?