Today My sister and I met up with our lovely friend Claudia for coffee. As we drove there we had the best catch up. We covered TV, annoying husband habits, family situation, directions and much much more!
We met Claudia and the chatter didn’t stop, there were then three of us going at it rather than two.
It was one of those amazing times where you all bounce off each other and have so much to say. There was a real chemistry going on, we were LOVING each others company,
Our discussion went from coffee to shopping to diet to home decoration, to children and to a million other topics too. Each time one of us said something it triggered something in another.
Hectic conversations with friends can be such fun. Sometimes you can feel the excitement and the energy in the air.
As I came away I got to thinking about the difference between Mental Chatter and Real Life Chatter.
In Mindfulness we give our minds time to rest, it is restorative. We ease off for a few minutes to allow our thoughts to settle and slow – it is a release from the otherwise constant Mental Chatter. I love the feeling post Meditation when my head feels a little more spacious and I feel rested, the time off works wonders.
What then about the love of Real Life Chatter and the hectic nature of this – is it a huge contradiction?
Maybe not. Maybe it is simply a different way. A different release from the Mental Chatter maybe?
Perhaps neither is better than the other and there is room for both in our lives. Perhaps they balance each other out. We need them both.
Real Life Chatter keeps us engaged, interested and full of life. We need this just as much as we need to chill out. It gives us energy, we feed off each other.
I LOVE to meditate. But never fall into the trap of thinking those who meditate are chilled out and calm all of the time. I also LOVE to be hectic!
I am one of the most excitable people ever. But maybe the chill out times are even more enjoyable for me because of my loud chatty habits!? And maybe my loud chatty times happen because of my calm Mindful moments.