Life is going fast lately. Too fast. I feel as if I am out of breath most of the time.
Summer is just beginning here in Northern Michigan and, already, my calendar is filling up. Most days, I simply slide through until I go to sleep at night, only to do it all over again the next day.
Between work itself being incredibly busy, we have end of year things to do, a wedding to plan and home improvement projects to complete. In between are the four weddings, four open houses and several family reunions. Not to mention, in the middle of all of this I am working on a second draft of a novel. I am certain there is little cure for the busyness that comes with summer.
Though I am still processing this particular article, the idea behind the article is that time isn’t tangible. Time isn’t something we “have”. The only thing we have is this moment.
Even when we believe we have lots of time, the only thing we truly have is the intention for that time. The time will move on regardless of any action on our parts.
Living in the moment is difficult for me on a good day. On a bad day, forget about it. I’m only holding on until it’s over and I can go to bed.
One of the ways that I have been attempting to live in the moment is through an exercise (thanks, Katey Schultz) I learned about through a recent class.
I tend only to do this particular exercise on those mornings when I have lots of time. Slowing down helps me to settle my mind and move through my day with a more open attitude.
In this particular exercise, I divide an hour into four sections of 15 minutes each. With music playing and a timer set, I can forget about how much time I have left.
The How To:
The first 15 minutes is light reading, non craft related. I’ve been reading Brene Brown and that has been interesting for anyone who has read her. Currently I am reading ‘Daring Greatly’.
The second 15 minutes is devoted to journaling. During these minutes, with the timer set, I write my morning pages.
The third 15 minute section is for to meditation or some kind of movement. My yoga teacher hands out a 10-15 minute yoga practice each month and those have been handy for me to spend some time focused on movement. I don’t sit still very well.
The last 15 minute section is about feeding your soul. This can take whatever form you prefer. It is during this time that I focus on some of the other creative areas I am interested in, such as photography.
Although each section can be shortened to 10 minutes, I haven’t worked through it in that manner. It is possible if you don’t have that entire hour to dedicate to this exercise.
Since time is so fluid, being mindful of my own intention for the time I have is one of my goals this year. Most of the time my goals are just dreams or wishes. I would rather have the intention of living moment by moment than a goal. I just may find more success.