This morning I was in the field picking up horse poo. Every day the horses produce two wheel barrows full and to keep the field in good condition and the horses worm free we pick it all up. It is good exercise and on a lovely sunny morning it is actually a really nice thing to do.
Most days I ride but today I just did not have quite enough time. I found myself rushing through the poo picking and then I had a moment of realisation. There was no point in rushing, I should enjoy the moment and take my time.
It got me thinking about my state of mind before I caught myself. I was on autopilot. I was in my own little world, head down, rushing to get through the jobs that I can do on automatic. Most days I rush for a reason, usually because I have been out riding first and I am on limited time before work. Today was different though, I really did have those extra 5 or 10 minutes to play with.
So next time you find yourself rushing through a job in your own little world try to catch yourself. Once you do, take a few deep breaths and notice the world around you. Sometimes you might be missing a beautiful moment and if you can just take the time to see what is happening in the here and now you will feel so much better for it.
Being mindful is all about being present in the here and now. Enjoying the moment rather than letting it pass you by in a blur. Come on a Revitalise Day to become more skilled at keeping yourself focussed on the moment.