Have a Taste of Life
Helle is in Chile teaching and traveling- and I (Anna) am home in Denmark, writing this for you today.
You just opened this blog post. Great! I’m happy that you did. I do have one question for you, though: do you actually have time to read this right now? Are you alone, in a distraction-free environment?
Or are you busy doing other things?
If you are not: Good for you! And what a treat for me, that you actually set real time aside to put your mind into reading this newsletter.
– And If you really are busy: well, you are not alone! 🙂
We human beings have the amazing capability of planning, organizing, executing tasks and learning from past mistakes. This capability helps us get things done throughout our life. Yet, the exact same competence also withholds us from being truly present – in the here and now.
We get distracted, and we get occupied with doing stuff and more stuff. However, often we don’t really feel present, because we have other things on our minds, or because we yearn to do something else.
Helle often gives you great and experience based advice on how to slow down as a parent, and allow your children to live and learn in their own, unique pace.
However, todays newsletter is different, as it is solely for and about YOU. Because if you feel more fulfilled in your own life, my guess is: so will your children.
There is no “Parenting Challenge” for you today (I’ll leave that to Helle). This is more like a free, inspirational gift from one parent to another.
It’s a small practice, that you can take with you anywhere, today and any other day, and without feeling that you’re losing any time.
This exercise might sound common or banal to you, but that’s just your rational mind talking. If you listen in from the heart, my hope is that it will resonate more fully with you.
EXERCISE: TREAT YOURSELF WITH A TASTE OF LIFE
When to do this exercise…. right after reading this!
You probably have something you need to do now. Maybe answer 10 emails. Maybe do the laundry. Maybe have a meeting at work. Maybe drive your car, take a bath, pick up your children, cook dinner, comb your hair, wash the floor, take out the trash…..
Whatever it is, try this exercise while doing it:
Let go of all distracting, ‘incoming’ thoughts (they will continue to arrive). Let them go softly, without forcing them away. Remember to breathe, find a good working position for your body, and open up to THIS exact moment.
Try to look around you. Sense and take in the surroundings. If you are with other people, try to become aware of the moment you are sharing together, right now. Don’t force yourself to be different, just open up to the moment. Kindly relax your own mind, if it wishes to wander, and take you away from the moment.
If you are doing practical work, just breathe, let go of distracting thoughts and yearnings about being done, and try to enjoy this exact moment. You are alive. This moment is life. If you feel like it, allow a little smile. It activates the endorphines in your brain, and enhances the feeling of presence – and joy.
As children we were born with this capacity. Children don’t worry about the future and don’t regret yesterday. And they are so good at enjoying the here and now.
If we try to be present every now and then (whenever we remember it), we can connect on a deep level with ourselves – and with the children in our lives.
A good example in my own life? My mother in law and my own mother are two beautiful examples. In very different ways, both of them practice being present every day for the benefit of those who love them.
Life feels more full, when you are actually there.
We hope you enjoyed reading this.
We’d love to hear from you right underneath in the comment area:
– Did you try out this exercise- and how did it work for you?
– Is there something you do to make you feel more present and fulfilled?
Helle or I will answer all questions and read all comments.
Have a beautiful day.
Anna & Helle