We all know that life goes by far too quickly, and that the business and chaos of everyday life can sometimes get the best of us. It seems that in one quick blink, our kids are grown and we look in the mirror to see a head full of grey hair.
Life is meant to be lived, enjoyed, savoured, embraced and valued; yet we find ourselves rushing around, wishing that certain times would pass faster, and telling our kids to grow up or behave like adults. If we continue at this pace, one day we will stop and realize that life has been quickly passing us by, we will wonder why for all this time we have been wanting time to speed up, when sometimes the most beautiful things in life are the moments and the small things that we never stopped long enough to notice.
As a young person, I would continually wish I was older; old enough to drive, old enough to move out, old enough to retire. Now that I have reached many of these stages in life, I look back and wonder why I was so fixated on the future and not the present.
As I reflect, I ask myself “why would I want time to speed up?”
The answer: I don’t.
I want to live each day to the fullest, I want to embrace each moment with my daughter, I want to create a life I can proudly reflect on, and a legacy I can leave behind. Essentially, I want to leave this world better than when I entered it.
I find there is a great deal of pressure put on us from society; we are told we need to live a certain way, make a specific amount of money, own particular items, and that all of these things will bring us greater happiness and fulfilment in life. It is stressful to live up to these standards and expectations, and for many people, societal standards are unattainable.
Therefore, we need to slow down, embrace the special moments, and live in the present more. When we slow down, we will gain clarity on what we truly need, rather than what we are told we need, and we will let go of all the added strain we put on ourselves.
What better way to do that then to experience Mindful Mornings alone or with loved one(s)?
I encourage you to identify opportunities in your daily life where you can slow things down and have a Mindful Moment.
- Enjoy coffee in bed with your partner and talk about your week. Write down your hopes, dreams and goals, or share them with a loved one.
- Start a journal, and set aside one day per month to reflect on all that has happened in the past 30 days. Whatever activity suits you best, make sure it encourages you to relax, unplug, and be present.
- Lay in bed and read a great book, feeling the soft sheets and quietness around you.
- Put on some calming music and light a candle.
- Maybe have a morning bubble bath and write in a journal or read a good book.
- Go for a walk in nature, take bird seed and feed the birds, or pack up breakfast and go for a morning picnic.
- Head to a river or nearby lake and enjoy the calmness of the water and the nature around you.
- Start or try a new hobby or pick up those old crochet hooks your grandma gave you.
- Take a friend a coffee at work or surprise someone you love with a card telling them just how much they mean to you.
- On your way to work one day, purchase a strangers coffee or give someone a heartfelt compliment.
Life is short. We are wasting each day that is not lived to the fullest. Living a full life will look different for everyone, but we should all take more time to reflect on what our purpose is here and now. What type of legacy do each of us want to leave behind? What memories and experiences do you want to fill your mind with? Once we take the time to ask ourselves these questions, the life we want to live will become much easier to achieve.
I would encourage you, set aside days where you can have a Mindful Morning. What do you want out of your life? Are you rushing to get to the next stage or embracing and enjoying the one you are in? Could you be doing something today that helps contribute to your overall life goals? What are those goals? Take time to appreciate the good in each day, and the positive that exists in every situation. Embrace your moments of peace and serenity, then tackle the day with renewed energy because at the very least, you have been given the gift of another day!
Photos by: Samantha Farrell from Irie Photography
Styling by: Jenna Montroy
Models: Alicia and Garret Slootweg