I have to admit I am feeling a little overwhelmed by everything lately. I want 100 hours a day to work and another 100 hours to be with my family. Can I have that please?
In one of the areas I’ve been spending time on, I have come across several bits of advice on how to slow down and take it all in. Capture the moments and enjoy the process. I try very hard to do that on a daily basis, but unfortunately there are many days, as I’ve mentioned, where life gets the best of me and I go full force. Or even worse, shut down!
So, in honor of lazy summer days, kids growing up too fast and being outside more, I will be slowing down and taking in as much as I can. It makes me a better writer, mom, wife and friend.
One of the ways I have found to help me do this is by photographing the world around me. It allows me to focus, if you will, and see things in a more intimate way. With each photography class I take or snippet of wisdom I come across from others more experienced, I am learning how to better use my camera. In fact I haven’t had it in auto mode in over a month!! Something I didn’t imagine happening, but I have been taking the time to listen and learn then apply what I know. This is one process that I have been thoroughly enjoying as I go along.
I’m putting that method of learning into use in other areas of my life. Knowing that if I slow down, take in what I see and hear then apply it, I am always better off and the results are so much more rewarding.
Life’s adventures and the journey we take are truly a process. Starting from a simple thought or idea, being nourished and tended to, then finally growing into full bloom. Enjoying the the fruits of one’s labor is the saying and I think that is exactly what I am going to do.
Do you have practices that help you get into focus and be more mindful? Some people use yoga, breathing exercises, running, a trip to the spa or even getting together with friends to recharge and stay in tune with what they need.