Catching moments of peace and quiet, wherever we are

Sunset colours reflected in calm water - Island Bay in a peaceful moment.  Even the seabirds were still.

Sunset colours reflected in calm water - Island Bay in a peaceful moment.  Even the seabirds were still.

When your mind is busy and your body tense and tired, life is not pleasant.  Thoughts head into noisy negativity - focused on problems, seeing the worst, grumbling and finding fault or fear.  Emotions jangle, mood drops - it's hard to feel ok.

It's a kindness and relief to break free of this trap - but how?

You could try this simple strategy - available to you no matter where you are. 

You start by focusing on something that holds your interest and attention.  Look around - it could be a colour, a pattern, a kind of plant, a reflection in a puddle, interesting shadows, grass rippling in the wind, music playing, a person smiling, the scent of bread baking, a feeling of warmth.

Then focus on breathing gently, not forced, and fully - down into your belly, noticing the feeling of the air on your nostrils as you inhale and exhale.

Let yourself experience the thing that has taken your attention.  Really pay attention to it, savour it, linger with it - all the while breathing in full soft breaths.  See if you can let the moments last.  And when you stop, sigh gently, and thank yourself for noticing something that has for a moment or two reminded you that the world is more than the things that are causing tension and fatigue.

Sounds trivial?  too little?  a bit silly? 

Maybe you could try it anyway.  What's the harm in doing something so simple?

And if you do, what happens?

Helen NelsonComment