Two days ago I made a wrong move coming home, and I ended up barely walking and with a swollen knee. It’s the same one that got hurt a month ago, in the bus… so it was already sensitive. I thought it was healed, since it didn’t manifest any pain lately… so no special attention to it… obviously I was wrong! 🙂
I had all the time since, to think about what happened. It was a rainy day, and I was rushing through the rain, happy that I’ll work in a few minutes on a product very dear to me (and a gift for my daughter’s wedding!): a new photo-coaching album. I’ve got so caught in my happiness that I forgot to pay attention to the moment, and ouch… wrong move! 🙁
I spent two days and a half lying down, massaging my knee and treating it with much more attention (putting cabbage around to help the healing process, moving very slowly, etc.).
Two hours ago I’ve decided to go for an adventure: grocery shopping to the No-Frills around the corner (30m away from my building). What an interesting experience, despite the looooong time it took me to get back! Walking very slowly, to not feel the pain, I had the time to notice and enjoy the yellowish flowered bushes, the wind gently blowing, the warmth of the sunlight on my face… what a treat! I also noticed many people rushing to go somewhere, very serious, caught into their thoughts … without noticing and enjoying the moment! Been there, done that! 🙂 But today I experienced a totally different world: the “slow” world. Did I have any choice?! 🙂 A world where you have time to be present, to enjoy the moment, to notice what’s happening around you, to make connections in your mind without getting caught in some emotions from the past or anticipating the future… it’s such a different world! Children and older people experience much more often this world, if we don’t rush them to comply with our world of busy people.
I’m not saying that is a better or worse world, it’s just different. And I’m grateful that I was able to experience it.
Since now I’m more aware of it, I will allow myself more often to detach from my thoughts and emotions (especially in places where I have to focus on something else), and to notice how this “slow” world is showing me its beautiful side.
What about you? Do you often get caught in emotions or thoughts about the past or future, without noticing and enjoying the present moment?