Cheryl Melody Baskin, Author of "Shift of Heart."
“Time Out” for Adults: Shifting Ourselves in 1 Second from Stress to Paradise
What was your summer like? I know what summer is supposed to be like... lazy, easy going, not much to do except for what you want to do--but for me, it was busier than ever with my joyful concert work, the stress of aging parents and its unique demands, a joy-filled wedding, birthdays, job searching and interviews for both my husband and myself, travel for family gatherings, money concerns, not enough time for friends--the list is endless.
Summer felt like it was just flying by unnoticed, until I decided to DO something about it. One small change of heightened consciousness made everything better!
What I'm about to say isn't earth shattering, but it helped me save my summer and cope with the highs and lows of everyday life. I simply made a promise to myself to stop for moments within a day and just sit outside and watch, listen, hear, see, breathe.
I relished birds flying to the feeders, and delighted at my easy-care chipmunk "pets" running around and chasing each other. I made more time to change the food for the hummingbird feeder, and just sat, watched, stared and delighted in them fluttering around while they sipped my delicious concoction of sugar and water. Most of all, I made moments of time to listen to life's symphony and its fantastic sounds of nature.
These few moments shifted me to a state of delicate gratefulness and joy. I still was busy and challenged in various directions of scattered pieces of myself, but I vowed to create special moments for no one but me, nature, my breath, and noticing myself within each breath.
This shift has made me think again about our ability to change our negative patterns in a flash, and how much life can be better immediately! It's a tidbit I have known, preached and taught to others, but I myself forget these gems when I lose my center.
The other wonderful side effect of taking small moments is that I have more positive energy, patience, love and compassion for myself and others. It's magic, easy to forget, but also easy to remember.
So in case you are reading this at a frenetic time, we are here to remind one another how to have the best quality of life we can possibly have, and still embrace the challenges.
TIME OUT is a good thing. You can shift to Paradise in the next breath, and a sense of wellness and timelessness will be the wonderful result.