Today I had a really lovely Saturday. I went into town with Martyn and Noah this morning, had a coffee, and did some shopping. This afternoon I went out for a mad gallop on the horses with my dad. Two really different aspects to my day, both brilliant in their own way.
Following on from the shopping trip I kept thinking about a jumper that I had a dilemma over in town. It was lovely and I would have really liked it except for the fact it was black. I try not to wear black tops because they tend to make my skin look a bit washed out. So I made the decision not to buy it but it did play on my mind afterwards.
Then I got back from town and went for a ride. Nothing could have been further from my mind than the black jumper as I galloped round, racing my dad, at super fast speed. I loved it.
I got home and made a cuppa in my cup that summed up how I felt – I would rather have been with my horse!
In our consumer focussed fashion industry it can be really easy to get carried away with wants. Wanting new clothes is so tempting because we see adverts, magazines, and often other people, all with cool clothes that we are conditioned to think look amazing. We become convinced that the new top will change our day or our evening out. Slipping into the frame of mind where we are obsessed with wanting to look good seems so natural and happens so fast.
When we are mindful we become more aware of our thoughts, we gain self awareness. This means that we can notice when we get carried away on a chain of thoughts that are telling us that we want things. This means that we have more free will and more choice over how we then act.
Going for my ride and having fun was the perfect way to put my jumper want into perspective. I have so much in my life already that I completely love that I don’t really need anything new. Leaving the jumper was the right decision, once I was back in the moment I could see this clearly and any regret over my decision vanished.
Mindfulness teaches us to be grateful for those things that we already have, to be present in the moment and count our blessings. When we crave new things we aren’t present in the moment, our thoughts are elsewhere. Being somewhere else poses the risk that amazing moments in the present can pass us by.
Come on a Revitalise Day to learn to love the life you have even more. Simple techniques can change the way you view the world. Suddenly we feel more in control and life seems a little lighter! The next retreat day is on the 09 01 2016, there are a few places left so get booked on!