With another birthday rearing it’s ugly head, reminding me that time does not slow down or even wait for you if you are not even conscious of it’s passing, I am very focussed on working on one of my New Year’s resolutions … mindfulness.
It’s so easy, when exercising, to let one’s thoughts wander … to plan your day, to solve the problems of the world … it’s great therapy … but often I arrive at my destination suddenly conscious of the fact that I can’t remember how I got there … that I missed the moment, so to speak. So this morning I made a conscious effort to be ‘present’ in my run, to really savour the moment/s and I found the perfect way to do it. I asked myself, ‘what can you hear’? Listening intently to the world really does bring you back to the moment. Time slows down when you strain to hear a bird (a crow?), crickets, marsh frogs, the pounding of your feet on the road, your heavy breath, a lawnmower, a crying baby, someone’s morning radio, the rustle of the tape along the electric fence bordering a paddock.
I am going to try to ask myself that question every day, whether I am running or not. I think it’s a great way to become ‘present’, in whatever you’re doing, and to appreciate the small moments in your busy day.