It has been said that people who are dealing with anxiety and depression live most of their time in the past or in the future and very little time in the now. It makes perfect sense. The anticipation of coming events, remembering an embarrassing moment or a "I wish I would have..." from our past. These have been struggles for me and I just couldn't figure out how to get to the NOW of my life.
AND THEN - I was researching, gathering, and came across the article about being present - it just doesn't happen, silly me, I thought it should! As with everything that is habitual (good or bad) - we need to train the brain to get there!
HOLY MOLY life is so busy that it is very challenging not to be distracted, always trying to see around the corner to what is next, worrying that something has been forgotten, especially balancing jobs, home, family, schedules, YIKES!
You don't ever expect to run a marathon today, so start small. Engage your senses to stay in the moment, the sound of the keys on the keyboard as you type, the sounds of the birds and the colours of spring as you walk, the fragrance of fresh laundry, focusing on what another is saying, not only tasting your food but noticing the texture and aroma. It's ok if you need to bring your mind back and perhaps it is only minutes at a time to start, soon you will be reading a book and not having to read the same page twice, remembering that person's name and the conversation you've just had.
And the very best part of all is that you will enjoy those moments in all their glory, without the feeling of rushing through them.
Remember: Every thousand mile journey starts with a single step.
What wonderful times we are living in! All of the opportunities that are available for people today no matter where you live. Growing up and raising a family in a northern, somewhat remote area, there were many things that were just not available It was a given that you must travel or be away from home for many kinds of training or courses. To research, you had to visit a library and although wonderful resources were available at school and community libraries, they too were somewhat limited.
Now with the power of the internet there is a plethora of information at our fingertips! Abundant on-line courses and even university courses that may reduce the number of years one might have to live on campus. Our world has expanded so quickly and the circle of friends and influences that I had during my formative years pales in comparison to the vastness of connections that young people make today.
“With great power,” though, “comes great responsibility” we mustn’t forget! We are well aware that with that immense power of the internet a new door was opened and the term, ‘cyber bullying’ has become a part of the general vernacular for people and places all over the world.
Inspired by campaigns such as Pink Shirt Day, this February, we really want to focus on bringing awareness to Anti-Bullying programs, strategies and resources. There are so many great resources available online, one site being prevnet.ca. This website looks at three roles: the bullied, the bully, and the witness to bullying. It gives signs and symptoms that a parent may notice in their child as well as consequences of bullying, and what parents can do to raise children that are less likely to bully, or to help them with these toxic relationships, in whatever role they are in. This site also breaks information down into different age groups.
If you can’t be out and about in a Pink Shirt on February 27, 2019 I encourage you to take just a moment (or a long while, if you like) and click over to prevnet.ca. If you only have a moment or two, check out “What Parents Need to Know” read it, learn it, share it.
Whether you have children or not, the ramifications of bullying behaviour can be devastating, it may also explain some adult behaviours that you’ve witnessed, or you might just happen to reach one person that needs this information.
To learn more on Pink Shirt Day and what you can do to spread awareness, click the link: https://www.pinkshirtday.ca/
Rosy Window Staff