So often we make ourselves conform to the schedule we have imposed on ourselves, or one we let others impose on us. We let “should” govern our lives. We get swept up in the rush of activity that “must” be done. And the gerbil on the circular track goes round and round, mindlessly.
Whoa! Stop the wheel, I wanna get off!
OK, I’m as guilty of this as the next person. I often wake luxuriating in the possibilities of the upcoming day. I revel in the spaciousness I feel. I notice the sun filling my bedroom with brilliant light. All things are possible from here.
And then, as I begin to become more fully wake, my mind takes off:
“Don’t forget to follow up on… Gotta deal with… Remember to… I should… ” yada, yada, yada,” and all of this before I’ve even taken a shower or made coffee!
As these thoughts intrude on the stillness and clarity I felt upon waking, my adrenalin begins to surge through my veins, and it’s off to the races.
Hurry! No time to lose! You’ve got so much to do today! Move it, woman!
Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines!…Don’t be late… Don’t forget… I must… Faster, faster…
I feel my body revving up—and the serenity and peace I felt upon waking evaporates into the dawning day.
I’m late! I’m late! For a very important date!
No time to say hello! Good-bye!
I’m late! I’m late! I’m late!
~The Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland
What if we step back and mindfully notice the present? What if we take the time to determine what actually is necessary for this day? What if we rewind and then consciously choose what is important to complete today? What if we let go of all of the urgency?
OK, deep breath in and deep breath out. Repeat until peaceful. Aaah, I think I can handle things now.
Your Call to Action:
Envision all of things you have to do today, letting everything crowd around and totally overwhelm you. When you grow tired of that feeling, center yourself by concentrating on the flow of your breath–in, out, in, out. Nothing else matters except the flow of in, out, in, out. Once you feel a sense of calm, look within yourself and drop everything you “have” to do today—everything that isn’t necessary. Then feel the release.