Do you notice what is going on in your life? I mean, do you really notice? Was the bank manager wearing a suit this morning or just trousers, a shirt and a tie? Was that black cat still on the shed roof when you went to work? What colour eyes does your best friend have?
So often we live life in a rush and although we think we know what’s going on around us, we don’t really.
We only see what we want to see, which is normally the things that are essential to our every day living. The rest gets brushed aside by our Reticular Activating System, so that we don’t notice it unless we suddenly need to see it for our own safety.
The Reticular Activating System (or R.A.S., for short) stops us from getting information overload from our five senses but it can be too efficient at times. Sometimes it is good for us to actually notice everything that is going on around us every now and then. We need to live our lives in a more mindful way.
How many times has someone said to you, ‘I don’t know where the time goes to,’ or ‘The children have grown up so fast’?
This happens because these people are not giving their full attention to their lives.
If they concentrated on every moment of their lives and really gave their full attention to everything that was going on (yes, even when doing the washing up!) then they would know where the time had gone to.
They would know because they would have been mentally there all of the time.
As a parent, if you let your life become an endless round of school runs, doing the washing, taking the kids to swimming lessons, giving them tea and then getting them safely tucked up into bed then, yes, they will be grown up before you’ve even noticed.
Instead, you need to slow down.
You need to fully be with your children, in mind as well as in body, so that you can enjoy every moment with them, good or bad, and fully appreciate the time that you spend with them. It won’t stop them growing up but you will know that you spent your time wisely.
So try to live your life in a more mindful way. Really be there in everything that you do.
Keep your mind on the ‘now’ and don’t let it wander off to other worries or memories of the past. If you can do this you will find that your quality of life will be so much higher than it used to be.
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