You know those times when the yuck overtakes you, and anxiety swirls in your head until your chest is tight?
During a pandemic and with all the other chaos going on right now, that feeling can hit us more frequently and with more force. There’s so much we can’t control.
Quiet moments like taking a shower leave us alone with our thoughts. Too often these are racing, worried thoughts and what-ifs.
Last night while taking a shower in the little cabin in the woods we’re staying in for a few short days, I decided to instead soak in the moment. I felt the hot water and the cool breeze coming in through the window. I appreciated the musky cinnamon smell of the incense sticks on the counter. I heard the birds outside in the trees. I focused my eyes on the stream hitting and dripping down the shower curtain. I thought about my growing babies sleeping peacefully in the next room, and was grateful for all of it.
Life is made up of little moments, and I was determined to make this a good one. One unclouded with thoughts about potential future moments that might not ever exist, or memories that have grown blurry through the lens of time.
What if instead of distracting ourselves with diversions and worries, we try to lean into the moments? May your today be filled with special ones.