Saturday, April 24, 2010

A recipe for living fearlessly... embrace this moment.

Hi friends,

I'm in super-relaxed mode today. No worries, no striving, no trying. AHHHHHH... it is a great mode to be in, let me tell you. I had a crazy week last week with lots of teaching and mother-work and it feels so good to unwind after that. This is what came to me today on my walk with our darling dog Lolly.

We spend too much energy avoiding death when instead we should be fearlessly living life.

For example, yesterday I read about this fungus that is spreading in the Pacific Northwest.

Now, I've already lost one lung to a "rare" fungus so this sent me into somewhat of a tailspin. An old familiar fear began to creep up my spine. I thought about the multiple field trips that I've been taking to the Tillamook Forest with my daughter's school this year (last Tuesday for example) not to mention the daily walks with Lolly to the local fields and woods. For one brief moment, I thought about adjusting my plans to avoid going on more field trips or to avoid the woods with the dog.

Thank goodness for my mindfulness practice. I took a deep breath and tuned into the reality of this moment. It's all we've got... really. In this moment, I'm fine. I'm healthy in this moment. I'm happy in this moment. I'm thankful for my life in this moment. Ahhhhhhh. No worries. No matter what might be coming (and let's face it life isn't always filled with easy moments) I will be okay. I will live life fully and fearlessly to make it a life worth living and no mold spore is going to take that away from me. (Or pig virus, or cancer cell, or earthquake... you get my drift) I might still have moments of fear but I am committed to having many more moments of just being.

So that's what I've been ruminating on today and I thought I'd share it with you. I'd love to hear your thoughts on this.

Hoping that you are having a super-relaxed day too,

Jan

6 comments:

bodaat said...

i practice mindful awareness on the golf course too. :)

Kristina P. said...

I love this post. I am not a risk taker and I am a worry wort. I need to embrace life more.

Rachel @ SuburbanYogini said...

I too am one of life's worriers. I worry about everything. It has taken me a long time to chill out about things a bit. I love this post. Thank you :)

CambridgeLady said...

I lurch from ridiculous levels of worrying to being way too unconcerned - I reckon it's hormonal :S I must try harder to live in the here and now rather than allowing my active imagination to create numerous challenging futures.

I liked this post a lot. :o) xx

Deanna said...

Your header is so peaceful looking! Glad to see you back posting. My thoughts is: I deal with what I have control over; the rest I put in God's hands.

La Gitane said...

"We spend too much energy avoiding death when instead we should be fearlessly living life."

This quote is SO SO true. Well put.

I am a big worry wart... Gotta work on that anxiety thing! Yoga helps a great deal, that's for sure.