Amanda from Run to the Finish hit the nail on the head when she said, “Do you ever feel like your life is full of doing? I don’t know about you but I have a to-do list that seems to grow longer by the minute.” She must have been reading the minds of thousands of people around the world (maybe even millions) because September must be one of the “busiest” months of the year (I bet December comes in first place for most stressful) – with school back in session it seems like the whole world feels a shift.
Gone are the lazy-slow days of summer and instead they’re replaced with fast paced, crazy, hectic days of September. I don’t have kids in school (or any kids actually) but I feel the change myself, suddenly the to do lists grow a bit longer and I feel the need to pack my days and nights. I know I fall into the busy-busy-busy category but honestly it’s getting tiring…
I’m tired of having all of my “free-time” gobbled up my responsibilities and errands
I’m tired of feeling worn-out, wiped-out and totally exhausted every night
I’m tired of being tied to a computer screen all day, every day
Instead I want to feel connected, refreshed, re-energized and mindful of how I spend my time. I want to live more mindfully.
Now, I know a lot of this is by choice – my life is full of fun hobbies, great friends, adventures and passions of mine. I love writing, blogging and learning more about living a healthy and mindful life. But sometimes, it’s good to turn it all off. To turn off the obligations, responsibilities, nagging voices in the back of your head. I’m not saying I’m dropping everything and giving everything up, rather I’m signing up for a challenge :: #Meditate30.
I already have a strong meditation practice but I like the idea of re-dedicating myself to mindfulness, to slowing down, to living with awareness rather than letting myself get sucked into the busyness trap.
As Amanda says, “If you think you CAN’T do this challenge because you don’t have time or it’s too boring…this is the challenge you need to join more than any of the others.” Join the challenge and find some space, some peace, some freedom.