Recently, on VagabondStew, I posted my morning routine. As I was posting, I realized that it really is a meditative and mindful time. From the moment I wake up, until I’m in the driver’s seat rolling out, there are several times when I take time to notice the moment.
My time living in the forest, has helped me to become more mindful and aware of what’s happening right now.
Dont get me wrong. I do spend time imagining the future. Building a comprehensive image is vital to achieving the imperatives. Still, in order to function best, I also need to stay anchored.
Making my bed, for instance, is a time to focus, paying attention to pull the sheets and blankets tight, tuck the sheet in on the side, smooth out the pillows. I notice the different textures of cotton and wool, pillows and mattress, areas that are cool or warm.
This is important because it puts my mind into a task focused mode, along with the immediately tactile dynamic. I am grateful for this wonderful bed that I have.
Another way that my mornings are mindful is in the time I spend sitting or lying still on my bed, melding into my environment. I notice what’s happening around me – sounds, wind – and feeling the calm that comes with that. Again, I express my gratitude.
When I step out of my little sleeping pod, into the world, it is still dark. The million stars shimmer overhead. Some mornings it is frigid cold and I dont have time to properly take it in. Most days, though, I can gaze up. Naming familiar constellations, I wonder about the names of other stars.
At the same time, I attend the feel of the air. Is it brisk, or soft? Are there fragrances and what are they? I notice sounds, if there are any.
Up on the mountain, things are usually quiet, so early, but as the days lengthen and light creeps into the sky sooner, birds will waken and sing. I once found a moose standing in the midst of the meadow, just before dawn. Always, I am grateful.
Feeling and expressing gratitude is one of the most important and fundamental ways that we can build a more fulfilling life. If we arent grateful, we cant wonder why there’s so much negative in our lives.
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