Living on Purpose: One Rock at a Time
A few summers ago I went to Sedona, AZ where I spent a week relaxing, re-energizing and revisiting the key values in my life. In this magical place are rock formations to climb and commune with nature and spirit. I decided to take a hike up one of the formations called Bell Rock.
The climb was a pleasant and beautiful experience.
On the way down I was in a hurry to get back to my car when I would meet up with my friend who I had come with. I was going too fast for the terrain that I nearly fell. There were lots of rocks, and it was easy to hit a wobbly one and slip.
I slowed down, took a deep breath, and placed my foot down purposefully on the next rock, and then the next. I soon sped up and had to slow myself down again.
I decided that even if I was late, I would place each foot consciously every time I took a step. It took a lot for me to do this. But it turned out to be an amazing centering and meditative practice. One rock at a time -- that's all I chose to think about. And I was suddenly more aware of everything -- the sound of the wind, the chattering of birds and squirrels, and the approaching sunset.
I thought: I could do this more often. Be here now. Feel the touch of my foot on the rock. Feel the steering wheel as I drive. BE at the stop light, instead of minutes or hours ahead at the destination. Hear the birds outside my office window.
I begin to think that multitasking is overrated. The really hard thing is to be fully present in one place at a time.
How aware are you of this moment? Does life seem to speed up so much that you miss some of the most important parts?
Take a moment right now and breathe. Count to 5 on the inhale, and count 5 again on the exhale. Take the time.
It’s now that you’re alive, not yesterday and not tomorrow. Now.
Wishing you good energy every moment!