This weekend I went with my lovely friend Cath to Bath for a girlie weekend. We went to the spa which was really relaxing. We went to the cinema and we both loved the film, Brooklyn, about an Irish girl going to live in New York. We did a bit of shopping and had a few glasses of wine. Perfect. Well nearly!…
Alongside all of the good times we discovered that we were both really bad with directions! I have been away with Cath before and we got lost then too. This time we seemed to do it again and again. It happened even when we had a map up on my iPhone screen!
The worst occasion was when we first arrived on Friday night. We had to park quite a walk from the house we were staying in and then we tried to make our way back to it on foot. Rather than simply retracing the route we had driven, which would have been the right way, we took in a lap of the city instead.
Had it been a nice evening and had we not been carrying all of our bags that would have been fine. Actually it was pouring with rain and we were laden with bags. The plus side was that we came across a nice pub and took refuge!
When I am away with Martyn, my husband, I totally rely on him for his sense of direction. It is a bit of a standing joke between us how bad I am with it!
It got me thinking about what makes the difference to whether we have a sense of direction or not. I am convinced that some people have an inbuilt sat nav type area to their brain. Mine is missing! I am also convinced that being more mindful in certain situations could help and I have started on a mission to improve in this area of my life.
Taking more notice of things around you as you walk is a great way to be more mindful because it keeps you in the moment. For navigation it has to be the key. Cath and I started to do this more after the Friday night incident. In Bath the Minster was the obvious landmark, it could be seen from virtually everywhere. Keeping that in sight certainly helped.
In mindfulness taking time out to allow your brain to rest before you ask it to focus is a common approach. On Friday we had just driven for 3 hours and then rushed straight into it, not the best approach.
Another key concept in mindfulness is having perspective and allowing time for reflection on your current position and then making sure that life is moving in the right direction for you. Taking a few quiet moments and looking at a map before you set off has to be a good start to finding your way.
Taking stock of where you are and which way you want to move forward is what it is all about. Cath and I were only looking at the map in a hurry when we were already in a bit of a tiz about being lost in the rain. We really could have made sure we have better concentration and focus. Although we had a great time chatting we should probably have waited until we had got to where we wanted to be!
Mindfulness can help in every area of your life, it is a life skill. Come on a Revitalise day to see just how much of a practical tool it can be. Once you get to grips with mindfulness you will be able to master things in other areas of your life that you have found difficult in the past.