At any given time, many of us are thinking about what we’re not doing. We are worried that we’re not as productive as we could be. We feel guilty that we procrastinate, guilty that we don’t exercise more, eat right, have better bodies.
We worry that we should be doing what the amazing people we see online are doing. We worry about what other people are doing, the ones we see in social media, the ones whose pictures on Instagram look more amazing than our lives.
We worry about the goals we’re not reaching, or that we might not reach. We feel guilty that we’ve failed in our many attempts at these goals or habits.
This is natural, and there’s nothing wrong with this worry and guilt.
But there is another way. Let me to share this way with you.
The good news is, this other way is a simple practice. Notice though, that I didn’t say it was easy:
- Pause, and notice that you’re worried about what you’re not doing.
- Accept your feeling of dissatisfaction as a part of you, and allow yourself to feel it. Notice the sensations of this feeling.
- Turn to the current moment: what are you doing right now? Be completely present with whatever activity you’re doing.
- Notice that this current moment is enough. It doesn’t need to be different, doesn’t need to be more. It’s great already, in its own way. And so are you.
This is a practice, and it’s not something you’ll ever perfect. Just remind yourself, and forget, and remind yourself, and forget.
This is the moment.
Set Your Canoe on Fire is a blog about simplifying your life, living better, and getting things done. Mick Logan is a human with a skill set rendered obsolete decades ago. He has learned a thing or two about life along the way.
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