The Latin phase means to seize the day. How often do you seize the day in your life? How often do the days come and go with being so busy that you don’t have time to get all you need to get done. Let alone enjoy some of the activities that you really want to enjoy. We all experience too many demands on ourselves that trying to seize the day may seem like more pressure or just one more demand on a already busy day. Yet, do you sometimes yearn for a way to find a way to get more time or more out of your life? Perhaps mindfulness can provide a tool for you.
Sometimes less is more. The field of psychology has discovered mindfulness. Jon Kabat-Zinn talks about being “mindful” in his book, Full Catastrophe Living. Learning to become mindful is taken from the Buddhist practice of slowing down and cultivating a stance of an impartial witness to your own experience. He states that “mindfulness” means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmental. This kind of attention nurtures greater awareness, clarity, and acceptance of present-moment reality.” He goes on to say that mindfulness provides a simple but powerful way for getting ourselves unstuck, and to my way of thinking, back in touch with our own core values. Mindfulness is developed by slowing down and sitting quietly, while deep breathing. In doing so, we begin to center ourselves. Mindfulness allows us to be quiet and see what is going on in the moment without judging it.
This practice or skill can be learned by taking 5 to 10 minutes in your mid morning, mid afternoon, and early evening. Just sit quietly and breath in and breath out. Allow your mind to observe your “breath in” and your “breath out.” Try not to judge anything. Just breath in and breath out. If you find yourself thinking that is OK. Just say to yourself – Oh thinking- and turn your mind back to observing your breath in and breath out. Allow yourself to experience this process without judging. Just practices this three times a day for about 5 to 10 minutes.
If you can allow yourself the freedom to experience this exercise for several weeks you will find that you can slow down and be in the moment. Being in the moment allows for mindfulness. That is just being in the moment without judging. Not only will you find that you are more relaxed, but you may find that you can see things more clearly. With this clarity, you will be able to better choice what you want to do and really experience what you are dong in the moment. That experience is not just “doing” but it is “being.” From doing to being to doing with a new perspective you may experience Carpe Diem.