Yesterday at work I had an email from Barbara who I work with. We work remotely so it is always lovely to get an email or an instant message from a friend doing the same job.
We have been trying to arrange to meet up for a drink for ages and we have been struggling with dates. Because it is near Christmas our evenings seem to be in demand. When I messaged her back I asked, on the off chance, if she was free that evening, and I copied Sue in too. Amazingly we could all manage a meet up that evening, given our different working patterns and other commitments it almost felt like a miracle.
We had a really lovely evening and I think it was even better because it was arranged at the last minute. It seemed like a real treat to have fitted it in. I always prefer a spontaneous night out to a planned one, they seem to hold more excitement.
Living mindfully is a really great way to seize the opportunity to do things when the opportunity arises. It would have been so easy to assume that everyone would be too busy yesterday evening, but just asking the question made all the difference.
It can be really easy in life to become consumed by our own little world, to become wrapped up in our own worries, plans, and thoughts. We can get into a state of tunnel vision and fail to see what else is going on around us.
Mindfulness helps us to see life with a broader perspective. When we meditate we train our brain so that we can choose to focus our attention where ever we direct it. This can mean paying full attention to a task or it can mean see the bigger picture and recognising opportunities that might otherwise have passed us by.
If you would like to learn more about the way your mind works come on a Revitalise day. Through mindfulness and meditation exercises you will learn how to see the full potential of brain training and relaxation. Once you have created a little more head space you will notice opportunities that you might not have recognised before. It might help you to see your friends more, it might help you to be happier, the possibilities are endless.