Thursday, November 13, 2008
on being fully present
A bit early for resolutions but a friend of mine made a poignant comment recently regarding the many hats we wear as parents. Her observation rang loud and true that we are rarely 'fully present'. With one toe in, an arm reached out and an ear in yet another direction I tend to overlook the lack of pause in my life. The rhythmic breath of our everyday is too often frenetic and taken for granted without care. This is not news I am sure but bears repeating. That we mentally multitask and exist on soundbites is not exactly living. Pragmatic, yes but nourishing, not so much. As we enter the holiday season with a rush I'll send good energy your way to do less and be more. A gentle reminder to be present, to engage and to notice your breath.
image from a sketchbook found in Chicago
and this link again, just because (click on 'smile')