I know that hearing about mindfulness and staying in the present can be bombarding from time to time, so let me just get something off my chest.
Remaining in the present isn’t some forced positivity bullshit. Just now, before writing this, I was about to make myself do work I didn’t want to do. In that moment I was feeling grumpy and tired because I was just out seeing a movie with family and my introverted ass was already drained from going out yesterday AND I’m going to have to go out again later tonight. So right when I get home I start adulting and after taking care of what I knew needed to be done, I almost pushed myself into doing something extra, which was leading to another extra thing…and another.
I took a beat to recognize how I really felt: I’m reaching mental and emotional exhaustion and with the energy I have left, I want to do something I enjoy. When I do something I enjoy, and do it alone, I become recharged. So I took a selfie that I liked and shut down all the other extra things I was about to drain myself with. What I love to do is have a quiet moment to myself to express myself, whether it be through my amateur photography, blogging, or standing outside and just enjoying Lammas, which is exactly what I’m going to do next.
Just to let all the cynics out there know, being mindful or being in the present moment fucking works. It prevents you from wasting your time on things that can wait.
It may not look it, but I’m actually really relaxed…