The morning Noah was up early. Rather than my usual routine of running and riding before Noah was up I had to adapt. I got him ready and took him riding, which he is always game for, and I wore my trainers so I could run along side. It worked really well. Ladybird gets me running faster than I would on my own and we all had a good work out!
It really got me thinking about change. As Noah has got bigger he has been through different sleep patterns and life has had to change as he does. Before I practised mindfulness I think I would have found this really difficult. I love my morning routine and to have it interrupted would have upset my start to the day.
Actually today I loved it and it all worked out really well. We had a great morning together before he went off to playgroup and I started work. This evening he was exhausted and went to bed early and I got my ride in then. Bonus!
Everything in life is always changing. Many of us are really resistant to change. Without even noticing it we can be clinging on to how things have always been. We like to stick with what we know, the way we are comfortable with. Better the devil you know!
This applies to all sorts of things. It might be our job, our relationships, our social life, our diet, our exercise pattern, even just our daily routines.
I remember last time I was asked to change roles at work. I was sure I didn’t want to move into the new role and that I loved life as it was. Sure enough a few weeks in I was so pleased to have a change. At the time I just could not see it.
The trouble with resisting change is that it brings us all sorts of mental upset. When we resist situations we tend to get frustrated when things don’t go our way. It can create lots of mental chatter and really all we want is a peaceful mind.
When we become more mindful we are able to recognise resistance when it arises in our minds. One we notice it then the resistance then somehow it almost magically disappears. It isn’t that we start letting other people walk all over us. Rather we recognise whether or not we can change the situation. If we can’t then there is little point waisting mental energy on it. We can save our efforts for the times when we can make a difference.
Today try to notice the really small things that you resist. Waiting in a queue, unstacking the dishwasher, waiting for your diner to be ready, drying your hair. There are so many little things in life that we might resist when there is really no need. Notice how once you recognise your resistance it lightens the situation and your resistance lessens or even disappears. Magical.
Life seems so much lighter when we can loose all those thoughts that hold us back. Rather than becoming consumed by thought we are able to recognise them, let them pass, and enjoy life to the full. We can get on with enjoying ourselves.
Come on a Revitalise day to start making more of your life. Cut down on that mental chatter and get mindful. Life is for living.