Friday, December 9, 2011

Taking a Break

Today is the first day in a very long time, that is not filled with back to back meetings. I awoke this morning, with no emails to answer to. And my to-do-list did not include any close deadlines. Stressed mind, stressed body were overdue for a break. 

I will take the time to sit for forty five minutes. I will make it to my favorite spin class at 12.30. I will slow down and not rush. I will single task. I will resist the temptation to schedule more appointments, or make up new activities. I will pay attention to my steps. I will taste the food that I eat. 

Today, I am giving myself the greatest gift. Creating the conditions to practice mindfulness. For a whole day.

And I feel immense gratitude for the privilege of being able to control my own work schedule.

4 comments:

  1. "Single-tasking"

    I like it! What a concept for our society, yes? :D

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  2. Yes, I often remember Saki Santorelli's words during retreat I took with him earlier this year, about 'the violence we do to ourselves from being overscheduled'.

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  3. lovely post, especially considering the season! we are privileged to be able to "choose" our schedules. such a good thing to remember to savour. and with that privilege comes responsibility and freedom. and we can so easily get confused about how to balance these tricky little balls. thanks for the reminder!

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  4. Yes, Carole, how easily we mess up even such a privileged life!

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