Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Breathe {inspiration for wednesdays}

One of the things I find myself saying a lot lately (usually to my children) is "pay attention".  Now many times I am saying it because I am annoyed with something they left out or forgot to do or put in a place where it doesn't belong...but I even find myself saying it to myself for different reasons.

Sometimes I move so fast and with such efficiency that I forget to pay attention to everything else that is going on around me and in me.  Sometimes I move in "auto-pilot" mode with a kind of numbness and I forget to pay attention.  

Paying attention means living with wonder and curiosity and hunger.  It means noticing how fresh brewed coffee smells first thing in the morning or how the hot cup warms my hands.  It means noticing the body language of people around me and listening to how they are saying things.  It means really tasting every bite of food and seeing all the colors in the evening sunset.  It even means noticing my moods, feelings and emotions as I encounter the moments of my life.

Paying attention is noticing.  Paying attention is waking up to all the life going on around us and choosing to enter into it rather than sitting on the sidelines.

Breathe, smile and go slowly.

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