Its not often that I watch the sun rise and sun set on the same day. On retreat in india, there is a clear view of both over the water and getting up at dusk is something I don’t seem to have the time or the energy for when I’m in London. It’s a beautiful time of the day before the dust gets stirred up, before people and traffic move into 4th and 5th gear and start to speed up for the day. This morning, as I wathed the sun rising above the skyline of coconut palms dissolving into the sky, I asked what I needed from the day and what the day needed from me.
As I sat on the beach with friends and waited for the sun going down performance, unprompted, we fell silent together as the sun’s reflection danced on the waves and reflected in the west wet sand, announcing the end of the day and slid behind the curtain of the ocean. Another day done! I became aware of the bookends of the day and how I had filled it, how I had chosen to use the time and how fast the time goes between the sun’s time cycle when I am not governed by the time on my watch but the natural cycle of the day. I thought about how much time I waste on things that don’t really matter, or don’t even notice that the time has gone or waiting for something to happen.
What I learnt today
As I ended the day, I vowed to find an opportunity for a random act of kindness every day, and to silently thank my body for keeping me vitally alive and healthy, to be grateful for the love of humans and animals, and the beauty of nature all around me - every time I came to notice my breath. I vow to offer support to others, and to meet everyone with a smile, to make a connection before I ask for what I need from them, to keep my senses and my mind open, to be spontaneous and have more fun, to stop and watch the sun, the moon, the stars, the trees - the constant reminders of wonder and magic. We're already into February and I’m hoping time will slow down a bit so I don’t end up at the end of 2017 wondering where the time went and not being able to remember much of what happened.
How will you spend your time in 2017?
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