What I’m Doing
November 15, 2012 § 25 Comments
Busy day, again. If I start to catalog my tasks and responsibilities, if I allow my busy mind full rein, it all comes crashing in. Too much to do, too little time.
I can feel it starting to hum. That anxiety machine up there.
So here’s what I’m doing.
First, I’m turning the stereo to full throttle. Driving pop music.
And then I’m taking my dog for a long, long walk in the woods.
After that, we’ll see.
That’s what I’m doing.
Yeah, I’m headed out for a bike ride. That clears my head every time!
Hope you had a good ride, Bela. Love my bike too.
Funny how cataloging is our brain’s way of trying to creating order and calm. And how often it is completely counterproductive. Loved this post, Tom.
Whatever “order and calm” is possible, it will come from within, not from arranging the external.
Thanks for the read and the message.
Watch your mind, Tom. Don’t fall asleep at the wheel and let it abscond with your presence ;,)
Always a risk for me, as you know.
But getting better and better at trusting myself this way.
Yeah, it worked great, as always.
I love our furry friends, they are the best therapy!! And wonderful teachers on Alignment and how to Be. Hugs from Australia xox
No doubt that being around Sammie is therapeutic. She models being in the moment.
Winter looming here but a blue sky day- clear and crisp. And you’re awaiting the arrival of summer. Enjoy.
Sounds like you have the right approach Tom!! Deep breaths too! 😉 R
Sometimes it just takes a breath to “reboot.” To allow myself to come back to the way of being I want.
When I get in that mode I get paralyzed. I start to jump to a little of this and a little of that, but nothing gets accomplished. A walk is a great way to clear the head …. unless I panic and say “I don’t have time for a walk!”
Yes, that panic. But it’s amazing how when I take those few moments to do the “unproductive” thing, the day just flows from there- things get done. And what doesn’t get done, well, it doesn’t get done.
Great plan Tom. I had the pleasure and privilege of looking after my sister’s dog a short while back. I still miss the walks I had with him. He is a puppy no longer and has turned into a wonderful companion. You are lucky to have the companionship of your dog. Hope your day has turned out well. I just came home from my mums; she had a visit to her GP and imagine my surprise when I was introduced to a dog under the GP’s desk! Apparently this huge St Bernard dog is used in PET Therapy! Great idea.
My day had moments of pure existence and a few off-kilter ones. Right now though, I’m getting ready to make some coffee and reading the lovely messages from people like you- people I feel close to through their own work and their kind engagement with my writing. So this is an exquisite moment.
Sounds perfect to me, too, Tom. Nothing like a nice walk with the dog to put one in the present moment. If you take your cues from him/her, you will enjoy every breath of fresh air you inhale, every scent you encounter (the stinkier the better, it seems 😉 ), every object you see (who knew a blowing leaf could elicit such joy?!), and so it goes. Doesn’t get any better….
Absolutely. If only I could exist consistently as Sammie does- always up for whatever comes next, ceaselessly curious, ready to run and bound across the field. She’s my Zen pup.
Yeah, I feel it too… “starting to hum”, good way to put it… like your method. 🙂
Yes, I thought “hum” was right word- like a set of vibrations- the bad kind- starting up.
Reconnecting with nature helps me reconnect with me. And my dog is a model of Zen- living fully in each of her moments for sure.
That is great. I am in the “to much too do, with too little time mode” as well. I think a long walk (as you did) sounds like a great cure for that. :-)))
Yeah, I think a walk in the woods- or enjoying one of the great dishes from one of your delicious recipes- is a sure thing to help you get re-centered.
Sounds like the perfect plan of action. 🙂
Enjoy that walk and give your dog a hug from me.
I gave Sammie a hug from you.
Thanks for being there.
I thought I felt a warm & fuzzy. 😉