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!
To help you how to live on purpose, start with your mindset.