Thursday, June 11, 2009

What's the rush?

Why is it I feel like I am constantly racing against an imaginary clock.....I rush from one task to the next to the next...all the time thinking about what else I still need to do! What is the rush? What is the worst thing that could happen? The constant motion is exhausting!

Being mindful, practicing meditation, using aromatherapy, exercising....I will continue on my quest to find the perfect combination of techniques to calm the stress caused by my mostly self imposed deadlines and to embrace the now!

"Stop and smell the roses Kate!!!!!!!!"

Post script:

I love a "sign". After posting this last night I got my Zen Habits blog update this morning...and what do you know, it is about slowing down. Love it!

Leo Babauta writes:
"A slower-paced life means making time to enjoy your mornings, instead of rushing off to work in a frenzy. It means taking time to enjoy whatever you’re doing, to appreciate the outdoors, to actually focus on whoever you’re talking to or spending time with — instead of always being connected to a Blackberry or iPhone or laptop, instead of always thinking about work tasks and emails. It means single-tasking rather than switching between a multitude of tasks and focusing on none of them.

Slowing down is a conscious choice, and not always an easy one, but it leads to a greater appreciation for life and a greater level of happiness."
He goes on to describe 10 steps to achieving this. Great blog!

Monday, June 8, 2009

Pleasing my senses...

Things that please my senses make me feel good.


My daughter smiling
Organic and textural pieces
Beautiful photos
Weathered and pre loved provincial furniture and items
Autumn leaves
South of France and Italy – and pretty much most of Europe
Nature – raw beauty
My home – clean, tidy and warm – filled with flowers, laughter and the scent of oils and good home made food


The leaves rustling in the trees
A storm brewing outside
The water lapping the beach
Sunday afternoon in the burbs
Music that is beautiful, haunting, melodic, uplifting
Rain on a tin roof
Magpies at dawn
A church choir (in Europe an added bonus)


The freshness after a storm
The saltiness of the sea (even sea weed is beautifully refreshing)
My daughter when she is clean and warm from the bath
Freshly cut grass
Fresh fruit and veggies at a market
Wattle on a warm day in the bush
Fresh flowers – jasmine in Spring, Christmas lilies in December, Jonquils in Winter.....
Essential oils – lavender, lemongrass, peppermint
Horses and the leather of their saddle and equipment
A fresh cut Christmas tree – scent of Christmas tree
Fresh herbs
The aroma of an afternoon of cooking


The softness and warmth of my bed, especially on a cold winters night
The texture of nature – sticks, rocks, leaves
The sand between my toes
Cool water at the beach on a warm day
A hug from my daughter
A hot shower (4 mins only of course) or a hot bath
The warm soft fur of a cat or dog

The coolness of stone


Smooth chocolate
The bitterness of a strong coffee
Fragrant herbs and spices
Watermelon – crisp and cool
A lovely dry white wine
Pretty much anything sweet

I seem to spend so much time and waste so much mind space worrying about the things that don’t make me happy I sometimes forget just how much does make me happy, and how much is beautiful and wondrous in my world!