Catching My Breath & Turning My Cheek


When you’re mindful you see the beauty in the ordinary and pay attention to the extraordinary. It’s often expected that we should live to be as busy as possible, competitive and always working to achieve more.

When we live in a rushed manner we forget to take time for ourselves and our loved ones. We forget to be fully present in the moment and enjoy what we’re doing at the time. It takes all the fun out of life! Slow down, say thank you, be respectful, appreciate the little things, and most importantly, put yourself first so that you’re at your best to help and care for those around you. Turn your cheek when someone wrongs you. Stooping to a level that makes you uncomfortable in your own skin isn’t worth the short-lived satisfaction of “getting someone back.”

See the big picture, ground yourself in your goals, dreams and aspirations. Take time to process what you want in life, how you’re going to get there, and make sure you use your free time to do things you enjoy and that make you happy. Why do we spend so much time worrying about what others are doing, thinking and saying? Take a step back and decide that it’s okay to be different, to have your own opinions and to part ways when what you’re doing is no longer in your best interest.

Whether it’s in our business or personal life, it’s mindlessness to live on autopilot, to always go with the crowd, do what everyone else is doing and let people walk all over you. It’s sometimes difficult, but definitely more rewarding, when you stand up for yourself, live life through your values and morals and show respect for yourself and others. We often forget to look inside ourselves for the answers, strength and encouragement when we’re looking for direction. We tend to think the answers exist outside ourselves and that they’re floating around in the universe just waiting for us to find them. It’s empowering when you finally realize that the answers actually come from inside and that you’re in control of your life and destiny.

You are responsible for your actions, emotions and path. You are responsible for your own happiness. Don’t be afraid to do your own thing, as long as at the end of the day you can look in the mirror and approve of the person who is looking back.

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2 thoughts on “Catching My Breath & Turning My Cheek

  1. Katie, I love what you are saying about seeing the beauty in the so-called ordinary which comes from our connection to the amazing being that we are underneath all the assumed, adopted behaviours that are not who we truly are. Once we truly feel our own love and amazingness, and as, you have said, know that we have access to the answers inside, a whole world of extraordinariness opens up, and nothing is ‘boring’ or ordinary – we may observe that what is happening on front of us in a particular moment is less than the love we come from, or it can be something pretty raw . . . but it is never ordinary.
    I so agree too that ‘appreciation’ is a magic ingredient in life, and as we express appreciation it magnifies that energy in our bodies, making way not only for more expression but also for an expression that is evolving of our race, rather than the opposite.
    When you say ‘Turn your cheek when someone wrongs you’, I would love to hear you say more of the detail about this. Many of us can be hurt if someone wrongs us and so react, which, as you say, is stepping down to that same level. I have been looking at this and then taking a further step to heal that hurt which is something carried from a past hurt. Then this enables me to use observational love to ‘read’ why that person has ‘wronged’, gives me understanding of what energy is operating in them (they are carrying an energy that is not their original observational love self) and that underneath that carried false energy there is another who is one and the same as me. Any reaction to the wrong can be addressed, so that it is not suppressed, which we could well do to avoid feeling our own hurt.
    Does this make sense to you?
    Anyway I would love to hear your detail on it.
    Thanks Katie for your blog.

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    • Thank you for your thoughtful comment, Lyndy! Yes, a large part of mindfulness is about seeing the beauty in the ordinary and practicing gratitude.

      Right – avoidance is not healthy, we must face and feel the hurt no matter how hard it is in order to accept what has happened and process our emotions. This concept is also about staying grounded and respecting yourself enough to not let others get you worked up. Most importantly, to accept you cannot control others but you can control your reaction, emotions and actions. You can’t always explain why people do what they do, or like you said, what else might be going on with them/projecting their anger on you. Practicing forgiveness and compassion are two things you can do to ease the pain and heal.

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