This time of year things can seem pretty hectic getting everything done for the holidays in addition to everything else in your life. And, at least to me, things don’t seem to be slowing down any. As I get older time only seems to go faster each year.
My daughter sent this video to me this morning and it was a poignant reminder that we can get so caught up in the pace of life that it passes us by before we know it. The kids grow up, our parents age, and we are older than we imagine we are, seemingly in the blink of an eye – how did that happen? Why does it seem that life is controlling the speed at which we do things rather than the other way around? Because it is – if we allow it.
It’s really easy to get caught up in the ever-increasing speed of life and it can carry us away before we know it if we feel we have no other options. But we do. We can learn to control the speed of our lives, and thereby savor those moments that mean so much to us. We can slow things down if we pay more attention to our lives as they are happening. Learning to bring more mindfulness to our moments helps us to slow down.
“You will never ‘find’ time for anything. If you want time, you must make it.” ~ Charles Bruxton
This holiday season when things seem to be getting out of control and you just need a break – take one. Sit down for a few moments (yes, you do have time – claim it for yourself), and breathe. Gently let your eyes close if you feel comfortable with that, and feel into your body where the breath resides. Feel it come in to your body and feel it go back out. Don’t just think about it – feel it. Now you are present. You can bring that same awareness to everything you do, whether you’re shopping, wrapping presents, preparing a meal, eating a meal, visiting with family, or driving to a gathering – be fully with that event, not thinking about what you forgot to do, or what’s next.
Keep bringing your attention back to what is happening for you right now.
Simple awareness can help you enjoy more of your moments so you don’t feel like you’ve been a spectator of your own life. Learn to slow down and be an active participant. You’ll be glad you did.