This weekend my lovely cousin Liz and her daughter Ellie came to stay. Ellie is 9 and is absolutely horse mad, as horse mad as I was at her age. Thinking about it I am probably still just as horse mad now! It was really lovely for me to spend some time with Ellie. We don’t see each other as much as we should and I loved being able to share the horses with her.
I took her riding on Saturday and then again on Sunday and we had a great time. She went on our little pony Ladybird, first, and then on my big old horse, Dexter, on the Sunday. She loved both experiences.
Other than riding, Ellie helped me to do all of the jobs. We sorted the hay out which was a messy and itchy job, we picked up all of the droppings and we got dusty giving them both a good groom. She totally loved every bit. It didn’t matter to her in the slightest that she was freezing and dirty, the joy of being in a horsey environment meant it was all well worth it. She didn’t moan once.
Watching Ellie and her love for what we were doing got me thinking about how much our attitude to what we are doing matters. Because Ellie loved being at the stables and because she was keen to learn she simply enjoyed every moment. She focussed completely on what she was doing and because of this there were no worries or anxieties creeping in to distract her. We both got lots of exercise and a feel good factor from being out in the fresh air for so long. It did us both good.
As we grow older it can be easy to let go of the activities that we love. When we are young doing things we love is a priority but somehow as we get older commitments and other demands get in the way.
Doing things that you love is part of living a mindful life. When you are doing something you love you tend to throw yourself into it. When you are all consumed by what you are doing you don’t worry about the past or plan the future, instead you enjoy everything about life in that particular moment in time. Any practical thoughts of planning or clearing up vanish as you live for the moment.
Take some time to think what you love to do. When was the last time you did it? Make a commitment to yourself to do more of the things that you love. You will find it is so refreshing to find yourself loving life so intensely. You never know you might start to feel as though you are 9 years old again!
Fitting in a regular meditation gives you the clarity of mind to reflect on your life. On a Revitalise day we do a lovely combination of mindfulness and meditation exercises. It is the perfect opportunity to take a step back and to think about how you spend your time. You will leave inspired to get your life more how you want it to be.