I was out on my run this morning when I spotted a fig tree overhanging the footpath I was going along. They were absolute beauties and I love figs so I just could not resist taking one home for my breakfast.
I made Porridge from amaranth, millet and hemp milk and the fig topped it perfectly. It added a little bit of sweetness. Perfect!
Looking back I am so pleased that I was present in the moment whilst I was running. Had I been lost in thought there is no way I would’ve spotted the figs. They were above head height so I could have easily run by without even seeing them.
It got me thinking about my state of mind when I got up this morning. As I lay in bed I had lots of thoughts going through my head. A few things were worrying me and I could feel that my thoughts were on repeat. I did some breathing exercises and then got up for my run.
My run seemed to go in stages today. When I first set off my mind was still very hectic. I was thinking about everything and my thoughts were coming fast. As I focussed on the rhythm of my steps my mind gradually slowed down. After a couple of miles I was alert enough to spot the figs and by the time I got home my mind was much more peaceful then when I started out.
Mindfulness isn’t about controlling your mind, it is about getting to know it. When you can watch your thoughts you can work with them rather than fighting them. Recognising that worrying thoughts will pass in time can provide real relief. Rather than getting frustrated with yourself and becoming self consumed you can see a way through. You seize every opportunity. Come on a Revitalise Day to get to know your mind better, it could be a real life changer.