It’s 6:00 in the morning. The early ferry has left for the mainland, and everything is quiet in town. There is no sound of rain or wind outside, and the quiet darkness feels like a down comforter on a frosty winter morning. I stretch and yawn, thinking of everything I need to do today. Then I sit up in bed and say out loud, “Stop!”
My mind loves to idle on high and peel out at full speed, leaving the wreckage of spewed gravel in its wake. Before I even realize what is happening, my brain can move from the present moment through the rest of the day and often five or ten years into the future. It’s crazy how quickly it happens and how often I don’t even notice.
Today, however, I catch on at the outset. I decide to turn off the key before my mind even gets revved up. Stretching again, I roll over to the edge of the bed and get up. After a quick trip to the bathroom, I ponder what I can make for breakfast that isn’t the usual fare. A survey of the refrigerator reveals half an apple and half an orange in a plastic bag in the veggie bin. Suddenly a plan develops.
Adding a handful of red grapes to the mix, I soon have a bowl of fresh fruit salad. The salad, some cashews for protein, and a cup of hot tea go onto the place mat under subdued lighting. A little music for reflection on the stereo complete the ambiance needed to enjoy the start of my weekend.
After breakfast, I feel relaxed and satisfied. I take my dishes to the sink and run some hot water over them. Then it’s on to a long soak in the tub with a few drops of lavender oil and some soap suds. The steamy fumes and the music wafting around me loosen up all my muscles and joints.
Now, I really am ready to ponder what to do next and move on to accomplishing something from a place of calmness. Bring it on!
• Does your mind race off into the horizon before you realize what is happening?
• Do you hang on for dear life as the chaos begins?
• How can you turn off the key when that happens?
• What can you do right now to get to a place of calmness?