Mindfulness is getting still, for a few seconds of in-breath, out-breath, that’s far less flower power than it sounds. It’s, well, breathing. That thing you do anyway. Just less panting than the usual rush from one checked-off item to another, and more of a deliberate intention to be very alive to a specific moment in your life.
In that moment of getting still, of cancelling out the noise of hooting traffic, whistling kettles, blaring TV jingles, screaming children, partners ranting about work, beeping phones, there’s a small, quiet space that waits for you to come through the door. It’s the breath that knocks, and it’s the breath that opens the latch. In that moment – and don’t get me wrong, you have a few seconds, here, before the noise is back in full-swing – you get to remind yourself of The Reason.
………But as you take a second or two to experience oxygen going into your lungs and out through your airways, you remember that there’s a Greater Why behind all of you together in this show-up, sharing the rush, the time management struggles, the sprints from here to there to everywhere; it’s The Reason that ties it all together.