Today we got back from a family holiday in Dartmouth. We had a great time. Noah absolutely loved spending a week with his cousins and we all loved being near the coast.
We have all been on a family holiday in Dartmouth for the last 3 years. In the past we have always been really lucky and had really warm sunny weather. This year was much more changeable and we had some rainy days.
When we packed our bags I didn’t automatically expect a week of sunshine despite our previous experiences. I had some warmer clothes at the ready. So tonight when I got home and unpacked it was with some delight that I realised I hadn’t worn any of my jeans. The weather was warm enough all week to be in shorts.
So I realised that I had packed for every eventuality. Wet weather, cold weather and hot weather. When you take your holidays in the UK then packing for any weather seems to be the only option! It made me think about my approach in life generally. Do I always pre plan and have a back up? If I do, is that contradictory to living in the moment as mindfulness teaches?
I have noticed since I entered into the world of mindfulness that the mental chatter that I experience does seem to centre around pre planning. For some people their minds slip into rumination about the past, and I do a bit of this, but for me it is far more thinking about the future that occupies me.
Everyone has mental chatter, we all have thousands of thoughts every day. Mindfulness does not teach us to stop the thoughts but to notice them and observe them. When we do this our thoughts naturally slow and we become more clear headed.
So thinking it through I don’t think packing well for the holiday was mindless. I think that so long as I notice the thoughts that are connected with this aim, then the preparation doesn’t get out of proportion. I still manage to enjoy the getting ready, it stays a pleasure rather than turning into a hassle. Keeping it balanced and in perspective is what it is all about. Mindfulness helps no end with achieving a clear and focussed mind and it really does lead to less worry. Come on a Revitalise Day to see how you could become more clear thinking and less of a worrier.