I am at the lake and everything is so still and quiet. The water is perfectly calm and my family is sleeping. In moments like this, I feel the unlimited potential around me and I dream of a life where I feel confident all the time. But, I know that when I go back to the city and to work, business will crowd back in and all my “to dos” will get in the way of feeling confident and capable. In the past I would always vow to hang onto these moments, the quiet moments when I can really think, and somehow they disappear as soon as we drive away from the lake. Recently, I have been practicing mindfulness as a way to recapture the feeling I have right now.
At first, I was skeptical that mindfulness could help. I had tried meditating in the past and found it impossible to rid my brain of thoughts. But mindfulness, as I understand it, is simply being aware in the moment. It means paying attention to my thoughts but not getting sucked into the emotion and drama around those thoughts. It is like sitting quietly by the lake and just noticing the calm in the world around me.