Are you still putting off doing the one thing you’ve been putting off for so long? Or did you rise to yesterday’s challenge and finally tick that thing off of your list? I finally took steps towards consolidating my blog site with my official author website. It’s something that I’ve wanted to do for a couple of years now, but finally decided to establish my brand under zaidismail.com.
This blog was started over ten years ago as an anonymous ventlet for my very colourful life experiences but has grown to be so much more. At some point I stopped hiding behind anonymity and embraced the reality of who I am on this platform. I found it increasingly difficult to reconcile my expectations of authenticity from others as long as I vented anonymously online. So for me, doing that one thing I’ve been putting off is a celebration of accepting the whole of me, while also positioning myself for the many projects and books that I plan to share in the coming months and years.
Day 20: Don’t overthink. Practice being present.
What a way to bring this 20-day challenge to a close. The toughest one of them all threatens to distract you with thoughts of mindfulness while expecting you to be mindful. It’s a twisted personification of an oxymoron, but so rewarding when you nail it.
The trick is not to focus on being mindful, but rather to focus on what you are doing. Mindfulness is one of those things that cannot be pursued directly, but instead is an outcome of other efforts, similar to humility and happiness.
As you go about your day today, just immerse yourself in the detail of your immediate experience. Don’t wonder about what-ifs or if-onlys and simply take in the sights, sounds, and sensations of the present moment.
Being mindful in nature is substantially more achievable than being mindful around humans. Nature has a balance and harmony to it that is difficult to experience around humans. I think the reason for this is because plants and animals are not trying to be someone or something that they are not. They simply flow according to their innate nature and do not demand other creatures to be more than they are.
Start there. Start with nature. And again, if you live in a concrete jungle, cozy up to a pot plant, or your local park, or browse through a florist’s store and take it all in. And if you have any allergies to beautiful plants, pop over to the pet store instead. The point being, surround yourself with unpretentious creatures and you’ll quickly discover the value of mindfulness.
Now stop distracting yourself reading about mindfulness and go do it!