“Time isn’t precious at all, because it is an illusion. What you perceive as precious is not time but the one point that is out of time: the Now. That is precious indeed. The more you are focused on time — past and future — the more you miss the Now, the most precious thing there is.” Eckhart Tolle
A couple weeks, there was one day I woke up wiped out, pooped, exhausted. So tired, that if I had the chance to go back to bed for 6-7 hours more of sleep, I would have fed my cats and cuddled right back into my warm spot. Alas, I had a full day between my corporate job, errands, and teaching yoga, so I slowly started my morning. But I made sure to leave for work a few moments early so I could stop by Starbucks for a favorite latte.
It was a dreary and heavy morning, you could feel a storm on its way, and it resonated as heaviness in my heart, mind, spirit, and body. I recall sipping on my latte as I pulled into the parking lot at work, dreading the day and hoping the extra espresso shot would kick in.
As I pulled into the main road, over the top of one of the corporate buildings, I saw a streak of dark pink… the glimpse of a sunrise on this dark morning. This streak was not in the direction I needed to head, the dark and looming clouds were in the vicinity of my building and parking lot. In that instance, I decided to follow the sunrise. To take a moment or 5, to appreciate peace, to allow myself a break, and to simply be.
I walked into work 13 minutes late. In those 13 minutes:
**I saw the dark pink transform into other colors as the clouds shifted, allowing more of the sunrise to come through, before the storm took over my view.
**I took deep breaths.
**I sat in silence.
**I smelled the rain of the coming storm.
**I calmed my heart.
**I cleared my mind.
**I witnessed the beauty of a sunrise.
**I was present.
**It was a moment to be in, with nothing more and nothing less.
**My tiredness went away… this time revived my mind, body, and spirit.
No one took notice I was late to start my work day. It was noticed I had a smile, I was calm, I didn’t appear worn or tired. I was present for friends, able to share a laugh, and able to get quite a bit more completed than I thought I would when waking. It ended up being an AMAZING DAY!!
My challenge to you –
- What if you chased the sunrise a couple blocks and took a moment to appreciate the light? Could you put down your phone, put aside your coffee, put off that to do list – even if just for a moment?
- What if you looked at the sunrise and felt it in your heart, in your belly, in your fingers… ?
- What if you took a few moments before walking into work and just breathed, without noise or thinking of what comes next or what comes later?
- What if you took a moment to just be?
Let me know if you take this challenge.. and share your thoughts, feelings, experience, and how this set the tone for the rest of your day!
“Life gives you plenty of time to do whatever you want to do if you stay in the present moment.” Deepak Chopra