Stopping To See Life’s Little (Big) Moments: Everyday Mindfulness
How easy it can be to let the moments just slip on by. And keep slipping.
Caught in a web of ‘more important’ things to do, of obligations and responsibilities, you might find yourself at times not quite noticing what’s around you. Not quite living out your own life…
Have you ever felt that feeling?
Maybe you’re just too busy to notice the countless little impossibilities unfolding all around you. Or under too much pressure worrying about how to make the future work out, that the present moment is lost; invisible.
Yet, even if they remain unseen, it seems these magical little moments of “now” continue.
Take this particular moment (in the photo above), unfolding in my living room just the other day…
I was late for my train, so I was in a hurry. Rushing. It was raining outside, so part of my mind was already out the door getting wet (and not enjoying it). My fingers were all thumbs as I jammed my feet into wet-weather winter shoes.
And then I glanced up.
Somehow, slanting in through the window at just the right angle, some momentary sun between the clouds threw this spectrum across the bare branches of a dried eucalyptus twig on my mantlepiece, painting the brown bark in every other colour.
I dropped my shoe when I saw it.
Yes, of course, there’s a rational, logical, scientific (and very “adult”) explanation for all of this. It’s simply what light does…
…in that moment it seemed momentarily miraculous.
For that second, nothing else – not the lateness for work, not the responsibilities, not the future projections – seemed to matter.
Only this splash of colour and timing.
This little moment of something big. Something about the exquisitely inexplicable mystery we call “life,” because there’s no other word that can quite capture it. These moments in between the timetables we set for ourselves.
And perhaps these little (big) moments are just there, just waiting, any time you let yourself notice them.
Any time you just want to stop and dip your toe into the stream, rather than letting it keep slipping on by.
So what kind of little (big) moments have you had lately?
Feel free to share them below…
Photo: Gabrielle Gawne-Kelnar
Gabrielle Gawne-Kelnar (Grad Dip Counselling & Psychotherapy) is a writer, blogger and Sydney psychotherapist at One Life Counselling & Psychotherapy. Gabrielle also facilitates telephone support groups for people who are living with cancer, their carers, and for people who have been bereaved through a cancer-related experience. She was the former Editor of a journal on counselling and psychotherapy, and she provides regular therapeutic updates on Facebook and Twitter @OneLifeTherapy.
Gawne-Kelnar, G. (2011). Stopping To See Life’s Little (Big) Moments: Everyday Mindfulness. Psych Central. Retrieved on February 12, 2016, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/therapist-within/2011/07/everyday-mindfulness-mindful-life-moments/