This week I am very conscious of living in the moment right here in Eleuthera. Being totally aware of what you are doing and where you are is a practice that I think is very important at this particular time. It is so easy to race through our days worrying about what may or may not happen in the future – or what has happened in the past – and it is exhausting …….
So trying to stay aware of your beautiful surroundings – or the comfort and security of your home – are two small practices that can help you stay grounded. Otherwise your imagination can run riot with worry and concern over a million different problems.
There is nothing wrong with remembering things that have happened in the past – this week was the one year anniversary of the awful Hurricane Dorian which struck Abaco and Grand Bahama and we should not forget the devastation it wrought in so many lives – but these things are for quiet contemplation or talking about with friends who also remember it – not filling your head while you are driving along in your car. When you are driving your car pay attention to what you are seeing as you drive along – feel gratitude that your trusty vehicle is getting you to where you want to be !
Nicole DeNardin wrote a post on FaceBook which I am linking here about her horrifying experience of surviving Hurricane Dorian. It is a long post and pretty harrowing to read – but it is a very important first hand record of the days it took for Dorian to wreak it’s devastating path throughout Abaco and Grand Bahama – worth a read …..
Needless to say gratitude – which you know I bang on about a lot – plays a big part in this awareness that I am advocating. When you find yourself lost in the maze of thoughts and worries about how things will pan out in the future – bring your awareness back to what you are doing or where you are. Be thankful for that delicious cup of coffee that you have nearly finished drinking without really tasting it – or look around you and give thanks for the sun shine and the sky being blue. Just try to be aware and have your eyes , ears and mind open to the beauty which surrounds us all …..
OK so on a slightly more prosaic note I will tell you about the joy of being able to eat lunch at the Buccaneer and last Sunday at la Bougainvillea and Monday night at Dan and Larry’s house on Cupid’s Cay. Of course I know you get the drift of me being very aware of the delights and pleasure I get from both eating and being with friends – just try to work out what your own delights and pleasures are during these confusing times.
I am very aware of not trying to present a PollyAnna view of life at the moment. We are all facing difficult situations and scary , threatening times – but that is why it is important to use awareness as a tool so that we don’t become overwhelmed with fear and worry……
Don’t for one moment think that personally we are not beset with the same problems you are all facing – we are all in this together – but somehow I have learned this technique that continues to make life joyful and beautiful in amongst all the angst and worry. I hope that you can learn to do the same….
I love these pictures below of Xena – who absolutely loves swimming in the ocean – she swims around for an hour at a time with short breaks to romp around on the beach. And the second one of Rudge who loves to swim when the conditions are right for him ! – just look at Xena’s face, visible and the right of that second picture ….