Last month's call to action "To Do" List concluded with #12: Go on an Internet hiatus. Let's carry this action a bit further, and practice being in suspension. Continuing with a theme of doing, this month I would like to suggest partaking in the action of being present with Summer 2013. When did you last wake up feeling the freedom of no work, no school, no chores, your whole day before you? When was the last time you simply enjoyed where you were on a summer's day?
Last month I shared a list of things "To Do" while the sun is bright, the air warm, and there is a sense of ease all around. This month I would like to propose the action of being in the moment, a place where time ceases to exist. Stop looking forward to the next thing to do, pondering your last accomplishment, and fully embrace the feeling of Now, a place of being nowhere and everywhere at the same time. I would like to suggest spending one day a week for these twelve weeks of summer being . . . in the moment.
As with any exercise, warming up helps. So think about a time you were, say . . .
- Walking along the beach early in the morning; or,
- Maybe writing in your journal at your desk, the sun brightly shining over your shoulder; or,
- It's early evening, you are preparing a meal with friends.
- While you are walking, you hear the call of seagulls, one to another in a sharpness not heard before; or
- At your desk you look up and see the sun sparkle in the morning dew on your flowers; or,
- As the oil in the pan warms, the aroma of garlic fills your nostrils accentuating the joy of the friendship you are sharing.
As this writing began, think of a time you felt free of work, school, chores Now stay with that moment. Feel that sense of calm and peace as a breeze flows over you as you lie in bed. Stay here, where you are, in your thoughts. Don't go into what you have to do in the next minute. Don't go back and think about what you did last night. (Amazing, isn't it? Just because I said don't you did, right? That's okay.) Feel the sheets, their softness. Feel the air, its coolness. Listen for what calls you. Be patient, the feeling will come. Ah, did the moment say, "Enjoy the softness of the sheets?" Then roll over and enjoy. "Get out of bed and be with the morning air?" Then get out of bed. If the moment is silent, be with the silence, and simply be aware of where you ARE.
With all said and done, I thank you for reading to the end. Should tensions between want of a full day in suspension and your reality tug, how about giving yourself one hour of suspension a week this summer? Come on, you deserve at least that. Give it a go.