This was the reminder I needed today. I saw this message across the wall and it almost made me cry. It was that moment that I realized that I have been going non stop for the last few weeks straight. About 5 days ago I moved to a new city. I packed up 2 bags, leased out my condo, got rid of my car and left my very comfortable life that I created for myself in Los Angeles.
It was only 3 weeks ago that I decided I was going to make a leap and completely change things up for the next 6 months. I will be living in Miami for 4 months to experience the life of a new city and then from there I will be traveling for the next 2 months before heading back to LA.
I knew this change was going to be filled with so many lessons and today I received the first one loud and clear. When I saw the “BREATHE” wall I realized that I wasn’t currently living in the “now”.
It was then that I decided to sit for a moment. I took the time to find my breath and it was then that I began to notice what was already going on all around me. I was able to hear the ocean, feel the gentle breeze, the heat of the sun on my face and the smell of fresh ocean air all around me. I was submerged in paradise and didn’t even realize it till that moment, I was so caught up in my plans of the future that I wasn’t taking the time for myself to see all the amazing things that were already all around me.
You see, when you get so focused on what’s about to happen you can’t really appreciate what is happening. I have been rushing around these last 2 weeks preparing myself for themove, moving and then trying to set up life in a new city. Because of this I haven’t been able to take notice of all the really great things that are happening all around me.
I am currently in Miami during Art Basel week. This is one of their busiest weeks of the year where people from all over the world come out to see art from all over the world. I find myself here, stressing a bit about trying to get everything just right. Sometimes the trying to get everything just right takes you out of focus of all the things that are already “just right”, right NOW. This city is currently filled with so much life and energy all around me, there is definitely a buzz in the air and the diversity is so beautiful to see here. I feel thankful that I received the reminder to “breathe”, how sad it would have been for me to miss out on all this beauty that is currently surrounding me.
With the holidays just around the corner we especially need this reminder to STOP….BREATHE… CHECK IN…… APPRECIATE THE NOW. If we are alive there is something to appreciate, start there an then let your appreciation grow. I know things get so busy this time of the year with holiday shopping, travel, hosting and family but let’s not forgetthat being present as we do all these things is also important. Can you take the time and see the beauty that is happening all around us?
I am excited and a bit scared of the adventure ahead of me. I know that there will be many lessons that will come up along the way and I am glad that you are here with me, in a way, to share my experience and hopefully learn some of these lessons with me.
Again, take the time to stop and breathe. Enjoy this moment and enjoy the holidays. Namaste!