A paper due for my GIS class. A dozen quotes to do for work. A project to begin for my Environmental Planning class. A follow-up call for my Dad’s birthday. Emails to send. People to call back. Eat right. Take care of yourself. I had a laundry list of things to do yesterday (yes, including to eat right). I had more things wizzing by in my head than one could count. We all have these moments in our days when all our tasks seem to lurk over us like a cloud of cannon balls, willing, waiting, wishing to drop at any moment.

So, why, with all of these things that I had to get done, did I leave work and head for a lunchtime yoga sesh? Well, simply, I forgot what it was like to be present–I needed to be reminded of the balance I so seek. When I’m in class and on my mat, it is as if I am confined in a most pleasant jail cell that I so willingly put myself in and will most-willingly stay in until I am ready to leave.  I reconnect with time for just an hour.  I remind myself that ironically, as I am letting minutes pass before myself, those things that I need to get done, will, in fact, get done. Breathing sure helps the process, sure. Faith in one’s abilities to accomplish tasks, is also instrumental, yes. But also, something that I must remind myself of constantly of, I must stay in the present to mindfully accomplish that which is before me. Oftentimes, I find myself trying to double, triple and quadruple task– allowing moments to grasp at every single ounce of my concentration spreading my energy and awareness thin, thin, thin.  If I stay present with the company around me, the task before me, and the environment around me- I mindfully stay in the moment and allow for 100% of my energy to go into whatever I am doing, whomever I am talking to, and whatever I am experiencing around me. I like it better that way. And I’m mindfull trying to be more mindful. Nice!

Mindful action. It is a difficult thing to experience. Mindful eating. Mindfully reading a book. Mindfully engaged in a conversation. Mindfully listening. I often lose sight of such action but it is somewhat easy to come back to. Try mindfully eating a Hershey kiss. Allow for yourself to experience just gazing and appreciating the tiny parcel of chocolate in your palm. Allow yourself to consciously unwrap the little guy and shed him of his tin foil robe. Mindfully place said Hershey on your tongue and allow the chocaletly sensation to overtake your pallet. Nothing else matters in the moment except for that taste; that smell; those sensations that arise. Follow the Hershey kiss from mastication to processing as the kiss slides down the back of the throat passing each compartment of the throat and abdomen. Marinate in what has just occurred. Mindful action.