Find a tiny slice of peace and a splash of pure joy in mindful moments
As I was sitting in my garden a recent quiet morning, admiring the multiple shades of green in the vegetation and the grey/blues of a hot and stormy sky, listening to the shrill of the cicadas in the trees, drinking tea and taking a deliberate break from busy-ness, a friend reminded me to savour the moment.
There is beauty and learning in each moment of life. We can easily miss it if we are always lost in thought… planning, problem-solving, worrying, rehearsing, ruminating….or caught up in our emotions. But we see it and feel it when we stop and consciously tune into what’s around us and really notice.
Savouring the sounds, the colours, the tastes, the textures, the scents, the feelings these evoke.
I’ve been doing a lot of that over these past few August weeks as I’ve slowed down, taken a much needed break from my work. I’ve been noticing and enjoying the simple moments, staying present to the sensations of summer. Appreciating the abundance, the beauty, the sweetness all around me. My experience has shown me that in these simple moments we can find a tiny slice of peace and a splash of pure joy. I call them bliss moments. I try to find or to create bliss moments everyday. And I revel in them.
These mindful moments are especially precious and valuable when I’m feeling low. They help me to remember that everything I need to be happy is right here. And this gives me a sense of ease and freedom.
Take a mindful moment for yourself. Stop. Right now. Take a deep breath and slowly release it. And tune into your surroundings. What do you notice? How does it make you feel?
Here are some things that I’ve noticed when I stopped and tuned into my surroundings:
Mindful moments are endlessly available. It’s simple. Just be here.
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