Not so hasty! Keep your eyes closed, you have that much time!
I direct mind’s attention to five souls whose presence I am grateful for. I send them deep appreciation.
Then I stretch like a cat, delighting in each pull of my muscles. My physical temple has served me well -- despite taking it for granted, neglecting it for years. I silently give thanks to my body.
I am ready to get up. A glance at the clock surprises me each time I choose to do so. All of the above didn’t take much time.
I look in the mirror and grant myself a sincere smile. I am beautiful, even if mind snickers about crows’ feet, gray strands and such. I deliberately choose not to listen. I continue to ignore mind’s comments when I pick my wardrobe. I choose clothes and shoes that feel most comfortable, clothes that represent me, clothes that make me smile.
I choose to prepare breakfast without radio or TV blasting. I make this first meal of the day a delicious celebration without my cell phone or tablet spoiling its taste. Whenever I share breakfast with others, I am there with my entire presence.
When I am ready to leave the house, I look one more time into the mirror and give myself a thumbs up. This gesture never fails to make me smile. I have already started the day with conscious choices. Well done! Keep it up!
Whatever comes next, it is my day to seize! Each moment I can choose how to react to circumstances and happenings. With this in mind, I am ready to encounter stress factors in traffic, offices, stores, or back home again.
Throughout the day, I give myself permission to pause and breathe, to skip and dance, to be playful and laugh. I take the time to watch and learn, to be in awe, amused, or inspired. I make the effort to listen without judgment to my heart and the hearts of others. I see them for who they actually are:
wounded souls, just like me, who crave love, appreciation, or simply attention. I do take the time to slow down, to create mini-spaces for myself or others. When I slip into unconscious patterns, I try hard not to dwell on my shortcomings. After all, we are humans, designed to fail, here to learn. When past or future knock at mind’s door, I choose to ignore them. With mind focused on the present task, there is no space for them to grow.
Before I go to sleep at night, I give myself credit for everything I did well or surprised myself with that day. I drift to sleep knowing that today, I created a day of presence in the hope to have left a trail of
joy, love, and peace to continue tomorrow.
About the author
Anja Kerstin Kuentzel,
Advanced Grief Recovery Method specialist, nature lover, photographer, and bilingual wordsmith combines her passions to offer a different perspective on life that might inspire, raise awareness or even heal.