Savoring life when you have a million things to do
November 29, 2016
I was a theater kid in high school. One of my favorite parts of performing was the moment of darkness at the opening of the show, just before light beamed onto the stage. The audience was quiet with anticipation and the actors were in our places.
Worries over what was to come, whether it was my first note, the hazards of wobbling in costume heels, or enunciating the tricky part of my monologue, all of it disappeared. During that still and silent pause between preparing and acting, I was in the moment. When the stage lights came on, I was ready and focused.
Creating quiet moments within transitions gives your brain a chance to center itself and relax. But as adults, we often find ourselves rushing through our day from the moment we wake up, with very few moments of stillness in between.
We launch from bed to the shower, from the car to the office chair, from assignment to assignment, and errand to errand. We sometimes ignore our basic needs in the rush as we skip meals, get dehydrated, and put off bathroom breaks. Our shoulders creep up to our ears with the stress, and patience wears thin.