Yesterday on the beach we had so much fun, running with the dogs, swimming in the sea, and then my son still had so much energy he was doing back flips and cartwheels for the sheer pleasure of moving. Summer had filled us up so full of joy that it came bubbling out through our bodies and into the world.
Mindfulness doesn’t always have to be about stillness and quiet, it’s all about focus. We can choose to focus on the sheer pleasure of using the muscles in our bodies to move through our day, and in this way bring a stilling of the thoughts. Our minds can become filled with the sensations of the actions and movements, letting go of over thinking. Shifting from thinking into experiencing.
The young among us can still throw wild and crazy shapes with their bodies, and the rest of us can remember how good it felt when we could move with this much freedom. This kind of joy in being alive is infectious, and even the dogs enjoyed watching. We can all jump for joy, within our own bodily limitations, at the one wonderful life we have been gifted. Don’t put off or delay the chance to enjoy the moment, because time has a way of creeping up unnoticed, bringing unwelcome companions like ageing in it wake.