5 Minutes of Being
When was the last time you paused and allowed all of your senses to take in the world around you? No distractions. Just noticing.
I was journaling this morning and processing a sticky situation with my ex. My written prayer was a simple “show me.” As I wrote the words I realized that I have to pay attention if I am going to see what I am being shown. My prayers are always answered. I’m just not always listening.
So I decided that today I would take several pauses. I would set my phone aside and listen. Not “DO” meditation, not “DO” yoga, not “DO” anything that, while healthy, takes me a step away from “BEING.”
During one of my pauses, I laid down on my bed. I noticed how soft the quilt felt against my cheek. I decided to just stay in that space of noticing my quilt and feeling gratitude. And I received the sweetest gift in the form of a short nap. I am not normally able to nap, despite the fact that I haven’t been sleeping well. But today, I napped, and I’m sure it’s because I quieted not only my body, but my mind.
So...I actually wrote the previous paragraphs yesterday. I thought I would pause several more times and have some additional insights. But, here’s the thing. I got caught right back up in DOING. I watched an episode of “This is Us” and then I got invited out for drinks. I’m perfectly imperfect.
I will try again today. I will set my phone down and sit on my balcony. I will listen for an answer to “show me.”
I will notice. Will you?