Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Insight > How I Am Learning To Be

This post was literally born out of an understanding that I don't need to write a blog post.

I feel extremely lucky to be paid to do what I love to do. As a lifestyle journalist and blogger, there's never enough time to execute all the ideas that I have for my blogs or magazines or even forthcoming books {everyone has at least one book inside themselves!}.

Since my work stems from my passion for writing I feel a constant compulsion to work.

And since I write on food, travel and lifestyle, my mind is ticking ALL the time. When I am enjoying a good meal I am wondering if I should write a blog on the restaurant, when I am travelling to a nice place I'm wondering how can I share the same experience with my readers. Should I pitch a story to a luxury travel magazine or to a women's magazine sharing tips on how to make an exotic location suit their tots...

Yes, I have two little tots of my own. And I love being an involved mom, from knowing how their school day went to driving them around to organising {and cooking} healthy, delicious meals, my days are packed.

And then of course, there's the very important aspect of my spiritual practice that keeps my body and mind not only healthy but centred and constantly evolving. After all, life has a far deeper purpose than mundane {even though happy} existence. A daily routine is extremely important when it comes to spiritual matters. From my morning chants to remembering to express gratitude for my wonderful life, there are many things that I'd like to do everyday.

Armed with to do lists {thank heavens for the fabulous apps that help me tick things off} and various notepads in which I jot down ideas {they do come from somewhere outside of me, and I mustn't ignore them} I try to make the most of each day.

Only until a few days ago when my laptop stopped working {I don't even want to mention the word 'crashed'}. At first there was panic and I thought my life had come to a standstill - thankfully there were no looming deadlines but all my to do lists, notes, ideas for forthcoming books etc were all on the laptop, but then there was a sense of freedom. There was literally some free space in my being that showed that it's ok. While I am trying to make the most of my life one day at a time, and will continue to do so, it is ok for me to slow down and let things be. A few days' break from constant thinking is not going to block ideas from coming to me. I will write articles or story ideas when I do, but I needn't think about all that I can possibly write about all the time. As the cliche goes, it is ok for me to stop and smell the roses. Because in the larger picture, all is ok, all is well and all is exactly how it's meant to be. If only I can stop the non-stop chatter of the mind and concentrate on doing what I'm doing when I'm doing it, I will be present, and centred

And here I incorporate another to do in my daily routine: sharing my thoughts with you everyday, as they come to me, as I feel them and as I continue making the most of each day.