Instead of going for a run, I've taken walks the past couple of nights with the intention of clearing my mind and finding that inner peace that I've been missing. But instead I found myself walking and reading emails, texting, returning phone calls, multi-tasking-- exactly what I had wanted to NOT do. Walking was supposed to be a way to be in harmony with nature and bring awareness to myself...
Practice being mindful. As the Buddhists believe and science has confirmed, mindfulness is a source of happiness. Meditation, or the practice of intentional, nonjudgmental concentration, has been shown to alter neurological functioning, improve the immune system and regulate emotions.
So, just for today, I am going to live with intention, avoid multi-tasking, slow down, breathe deeply and be aware.
“Life is made of moments, small pieces of silver amidst long stretches of tedium. It would be wonderful if they came to us unsummoned, but particularly in lives as busy as the ones most of us lead now, that won’t happen. We have to teach ourselves now to live, really live…to love the journey, not the destination.”
- Anna Quindlen