31 Days: Rest in the present

The days are getting longer and the promise of summer is starting to warm the air. People are starting to talk about Christmas – the usual references about how quickly it will arrive and how they’re not ready to think about it yet. There’s so still much ordinary busyness to deal with before starting to think about the crazy busyness that comes with the end of the year.

Unusually, I’ve found myself thinking that I’m ready for Christmas and the summer break. And when I say ready, that doesn’t mean I’m actually prepared. I’d just like to skip ahead to the good stuff, thank you very much.

And I have to resist the temptation to think like that, because then I miss living the moments that are happening right now. If I’m always thinking about and anticipating the future as being so much better than the present then I may fail to discover the wonders that await me right now. And how can I rest if my mind is always racing on ahead.

But if I choose to be present to what is happening right now, in this moment. If I stop and pay attention, I might actually find that rest is waiting for me.

Do you find it easy to be present in the moment? Or do you find your thoughts racing on ahead of you? Might there be opportunities for rest that you’d otherwise miss?

The Rhythm of Rest

This is Day 20 of The Rhythm of Rest series (Write 31 Days challenge).