Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Back to reality

We took a few days off. We left school, work, assignments, projects, deadlines. We left it all here, hopped in the car and headed for the beach. We had a blast. We played, we relaxed, we unwound.

When we came back, I headed straight for the grind. Thankfully, I caught myself just in time, just before I voided the whole getaway. I am not all work, all business, all responsibility, all commitments. I am also not all leisure, all recreation, all rest, all pleasure, all calm. I am all those things, all the time. It is the way I function best–when I don't compartmentalize myself.

Getting away means shifting one way to center myself. Back to reality means shifting another way...all around the same center to create balance. My reality is that I am one whole being. I can't leave anything behind. What I can do, through meditation, is learn to be present to whatever is happening at the moment. When I am present I enjoy everything I do. Everything makes sense. I find purpose in what I do. I learned out of this experience that coming back to reality can bring me as much excitement as going away on vacation.

Take a moment to breathe and feel this instant. Close your eyes. Feel the air on your skin, the sounds around you, the temperature, the weight of your body. When you open your eyes, smile as you look around you. Become awake to this moment. Bring this awareness to everything you do. This is your reality. You can't escape it. But, by being present, you can enjoy it.

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