How we spend our days, is how we spend our lives

It's that simple, and then I know how easy it is to be derailed. Trust me. There is pressure to achieve, to be somebody, show what you're making out of life. We put very much emphasis on what we do and can show and very little on being.  But in the end it is exactly like Anne Dillard says; what we do each day is how we live. We will never experience the future as we envision it, and if we don't experience the present, well then are we really living?

This is an initiation to pay attention to all the moments of your day and to actually experience them.

And maybe even to let go of the stuff you think is important, but that only takes you away from being, and instead put in more of what makes you feel alive.

I'm not talking about something grandiose; for me it means choosing to go for a morning walk or an afternoon walk and instead let go of some tight goal I've set for myself. Stretch the self-imposed deadline to make space for time in nature...

To wake up and notice that I'm lying in bed, breathe deeply and feel my body, notice the sounds outside my window, the soft flickering light through the curtains. Waking up with presence instead of immediately going into automatic 'what's on the agenda for today'-mode...

How will you just be today?

I'd love hear in the comments below...

 

 

 

Ps. if you need inspiration for deepening your experience while walking, then see my guide to mindful walking here.