Last year I downloaded the meditation and mindfulness app from Headspace and unfortunately made it through just one lesson. I simply didn’t seem to be able to tell my mind not to think and found myself getting fractious as my conscious wandered off thinking of more seemingly productive things I could be doing.
Like most of you, daily life is very busy and I have a lot going on. You may or may not know but in my other life I work for a busy global organisation looking after a very talented eCommerce team, and of course you’ll have noticed I’m over on these pages frequently too. I strive to keep both roles separate and have got better at dividing time for a personal life too but alas the always-on culture we have now means work and play often overlap. Sometimes my head is a little too ‘busy’ for my liking and I’m surprised by my reactions to certain situations.
When I have a lot on my plate, even if it’s super fun or just general day-to-day tasks I can get a bit overwhelmed and find myself muddling through rather than enjoying the moment; always thinking about when I’ll have to leave to get to the next place, where I’ll buy be buying food to eat tomorrow, heavens, this week has even included planning Christmas Merchandising. At the moment it’s all about dashing around, nipping in, and thinking ahead.
As my mum recovers from her illness and my four of my close friends welcome babies in to the world I see how I need to embrace the little things and focus on the here and now. Life is so blinking precious.
Back in my summer goals I mentioned how I was trying to take a bit more time out. Since I’ve moved to a more rural spot, the wildlife have done for offering a bit of tranquility (if you remove next door-but-one’s cockerel from the equation.) However I’ve become increasingly interested in taking the path to mindfulness again and would welcome the opportunity to switch off and gather my thoughts in a more collected way. This time I’m willing to put in a bit more effort.
Yes mindfulness seems a bit trendy at the moment but I think it’s important to look after your mental wellbeing. So girlies I’d love to hear about your own experience with mindfulness and how you’ve learned (or are learning) to be more present.
There’s a couple of books on my Amazon wishlist on the subject such as Ruby Wax’s A Mindfulness Guide For The Frazzled, The Little Book of Mindfulness by Dr Patrizia Collard and I’ve heard good things about Mindfulness in Eight Weeks written by Michael Chaskalson but I’d love to hear your personal recommendations.
The blissful images you see in the post were captured by the very talented Marianne Taylor and you can see more Cornish lifestyle portraits over on her blog.
Photography by Marianne Taylor | Model: Lucie Rose Donlan | Hair: Severin Hepburn of Hepburn Collection | Jewellery: Jane’s Handmade Jewellery | Surfboard: Adam’s Surfboards | Accessories: Roo’s Beach