A wiseman called Socrates once said…“beware the bareness of a busy life”
As the days grow longer there can be a temptation to try and fit even more into our already busy lives
Take the time this summer to nourish yourself by venturing outside every day to stand barefoot on the grass and feel the earth beneath you, the sunlight upon your skin, the breeze in your hair and look far into the distance to soothe the muscles of the eyes and widen your perspective. Take a moment to listen to nature’s activity…the buzz of the bees and the song of the birds arriving from foreign lands, like chiffchaffs, swallows, house martins and swifts.
Take this moment to be still…nowhere to go, nothing to do, nothing to prove
Give yourself permission to pause for a moment to make contact with the elements and nature. As you take this time, notice the senses coaxing you away from this moment of peace. Notice if you are easily distracted from this simple exercise with habits urging you to check your emails, answer the phone, respond to text messages, pull up the weed you half glimpse in the flower bed, hang out the laundry etc, etc. Notice these desires attempting to pull you back into your habit, notice them and then simply return to the sensation of standing upon the earth, the temperature of the air, the fragrances, colours and sounds – the feeling of just being still. Do this for 2 minutes a day, noting how many times in those 2 minutes you are distracted from the experience by wanting something different from the moment you’re in. Let your desire be peaceful, be more powerful than the habit that’s trying to distract you. Overtime, these distractions will reduce and the 2 minutes will grow into 3 and maybe more…
By Sam Burkey, yoga and wellness coach – Bristol, Bath and the Cotswolds