Sunday, June 5, 2011

Conscious direction into this moment

~ Feel The Spin | Debbie Harry ~

"Today, be aware of the power of your mind. Give it your focus and consciously direct it. It will run away on its own, of course, but your goal is simply to redirect it back to the ways you wish to think and be… Today, your goal is to pull yourself back into now, over and over, whenever you find your mind drifting to thoughts of the past or worries or daydreams of the future; come back into now, this very moment, and once here, focus on the most important things that you need to accomplish, do and be right now… Every moment of every day, bring yourself back into now, erase any feelings of victimization, fear or doubt, and come into a peaceful center, a place where you can fully shine and be. And in this place, consciously choose how to act." (Quado through Carrie Hart)

Maybe it is the heat of the humid Florida weather or it could be the calm after the storm of life circumstances that have come at me like a fast moving freight train.  I have run out of energy, my concentration levels and focus is all but gone and I just crave rest and relaxation.  Throw in a little anxiety and depression I'm attributing to guilt for all those things needing to be done that I have not been doing.  I'm straight up tired and absolutely cannot motivate myself to do anything!

We all have those times, don't we?

As I was cleaning out my email box today, I came across my featured quote for the day.  It got me thinking about what I need to accomplish at this very moment.  The conclusion I came to as I let my mind drift . . . I need to chill out . . . just flat out DO NOTHING, relax and let my mind continue to drift to those peaceful places it wants to go.

Honestly, our minds and bodies tell us what we need when we need it . . . we just have to listen.  Sometimes it is necessary to DO NOTHING, chill out and just be.  In my working days, they were called "mental health days" when I would call in sick and stay in bed all day.  It is like giving yourself a little vacation from everything that is bothering you.  

All of life's pesky little things will still be there waiting for you when you get back.  The difference is that you can deal with those things more effectively with a rested mind and body.

Go ahead . . . do nothing!


Eschelle said...

i wish i could spend a day doing nothing... a lass there are kids to feed, clean up after, dishes to be done, diapers to be changed.. there is never a day of nothing... an hour TOPS! lol

Gina Alfani said...

Hey Eschelle . . . days like today I am so happy that I don't have kids!

Petula said...

I think that's what's going on with me now. I really want to take a summer vacation with the children... the entire summer. But I work from home and I'm a single parent so it's necessary to always be on top of everything and get things done to make money and maintain my sanity. I am deciding - and hoping it'll work - to finish all of my work and responsibilities by Friday evening so when the three younger children go to their father's I can spend the weekend doing nothing. Or just doing what I want to do.

You say a lot of the things I think and taking a mental health day or two or three is what's needed to refuel and refresh. Have a great week!

Gina Alfani said...

Hey Petula . . . I'm on mental health day #2 :)

The countdown is on for YOUR weekend! Hope it works out for you . . .

Elizabeth Young said...

1. Love your blog name.
2. Thanks for giving us permission to do nothing if we need to!
3. Thank you for helping us reign in our thought and stay present, I like this.
4. Thank you for persisting in your walk.
5. Thanks for sharing!

Gina Alfani said...

Hi Elizabeth! Thank you for visiting and commenting :)

We need to remind ourselves that it is ok to not be perfect and we are mere human beings with certain needs at times.

Have a wonderful week!

Heidiram said...

I have no idea how I stumbled onto your blog, but I appreciate your posts. Thank you for motivating me today to do NOTHING . . . and to stay in the present.

Gina Alfani said...

Hi Heidiram . . . you are welcome :) So glad you stumbled by!

Have a wonderful day!

Pushhyarag2000 said...

How I wish I get the luxury of not just doing anything on a whole day! Seems so far fetched right now. But it can be a blessing: a mental health day.

"Living in the Present" is a principle I learnt when I took a short course on the 'Art of Living'. Most of the time we either are sad about the past or anxious about the future; the best principle is living in the present.

Enjoyed reading.

Gina Alfani said...

Even if it is not the whole day . . . just moments, like a long bath or shower . . . it is important to find a little time to let your mind drift or think of nothing but relaxing.

I love the "Living in the Present" principle . . . sometimes we only have this moment left.

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