Most of us have jobs that we have to do each day. It might be housework, washing, employment work, anything. Noah and I have to pick up horse droppings each morning before we get on with the rest of our day.
This morning was the first morning it has been really cold whilst we were doing it. Noah was all wrapped up with a jacket, a coat, gloves and he even still had his body protector on from riding. Because he was warm he enjoyed doing our jobs, there was no moaning at all.
I think the reason why he enjoyed it so much this morning was that he was present in the moment. He was warm so there was no sensation fighting for his attention. I can remember other occasions in the past where he has been so upset about having cold hands that he couldn’t concentrate on the things we needed to get done at all.
Of course, he is only 3, but in may ways children are great to learn from because they show their emotions and feelings so freely. As grown ups we often try and ignore physical discomfort and carry on regardless.
When you ignore feelings of pain or discomfort you tend to regret it later on. Ignoring a pain may lead to injury. Ignoring discomfort may lead to further discomfort rather than recovery. Both of these are likely to lead to distraction.
Learning to listen to your body is a real life skill. Once you can tune in to how it is feeling and respond appropriately then you are able to maintain a real balance in your life. It could be something as simple as being dressed for the weather. It might be learning to recognise when you need some time out.
Mindfulness and meditation teach us to recognise the connection between our body and mind. If you learn to look after both you really are on the road to better all round health. Come on a Revitalise Day to experience this for yourself.