Watching how things really are
Watching my fingers as they tap the keyboard.
Watching the words, which seem like magic appear on the computer screen.
Watching the folding of the sheets as their creases are ironed.
Watching the airplane fly amongst the white puffy clouds and blue sky.
Watching the white, aromatic lilies sitting on my bookshelf.
Watching the silence as the rest of the family takes naps.
Watching the stillness when no words are spoken.
Watching the coffee as it enters my lips
Watching the woman in the window folding her sheets.
Once we know how things really are, without scrutiny or judgment, there is no need to worry, desire or grasp, it is understood.
This is mindfulness.
The simple awareness of how things are inhibits anxieties and stress.
It is the grasping for past or future events, which create inner turmoil.
Imagine sitting at your desk or at home on your couch, instead of instantly seeking things to do, pause for a moment and observe your surroundings.
Notice what is in front, to right, to the left, and behind you.
This simple act of pausing and observing moment-to-moment details allows you to watch the rising and ceasing of feelings of urgency.
Awareness affords us the opportunity to disengage from the flurry of having to respond with urgency; such as, checking your email, making a call, cleaning the dishes, picking up the toys, grabbing for a chocolate bar, checking your phone…
Most of our instantaneous reactions are ingrained habits, outside our awareness, until you bring them to the forefront.
Once we see things as they really are, only then can we decide what is the next step, what takes priority, what is in your best interest and what will inspire you.
Reading emails at the start of the day, seems to be the most logical thing to do, though they can deplete your energy, when energy is normally at its peak. Taking a moment to take stock of your day, you may start with the thing that requires your full attention, perhaps that report you left unfinished on your desk the night before, or the phone call that has been delayed due to the complexity of it.
This act of watching liberates you from unconsciously choosing undertakings that fill gaps in time with busy-ness, and replaces them with activities that are rewarding and soul enhancing.
Before you start your day, sit in front of your computer or on the couch, take some deep breaths and wait for 35 seconds. Then begin, make this your new habit, see how your day changes.
Take time to watch and you will see things as they really are.