Have you been crawling to the finish line? Couldn’t wait until May 31st? Putting things off until the holidays? ‘Ill do that over the summer’ you kept saying to yourself? Living for the future?
Well here you are now, how does it feel? May 31st, the summer holidays, is here, how are you feeling and where are you feeling it? Have you started to think about all the things you will try to pack into the next 10 weeks? Planning, arranging, organising, waiting…… It never stops. We are always waiting for ‘the next thing’, the promise of something better, the happiness of the future. But somewhere deep down we know that all we have to make us happy, peaceful, at ease is already within us, it is with us all the time, it is here with us now, in the present moment. We have everything we need to make us whole within us. We spend so much of our lives waiting for the future, in the promise that we will be full, whole, complete when such a thing happens. But in fact the present moment is all we have, ourselves in this moment is all we need. ‘As soon as you honor the present moment, all unhappiness and struggle dissolve, and life begins to flow with joy and ease…..The moment your attention turns to the Now, you feel a presence, a stillness, a peace. You no longer depend on the future for fulfilment and satisfaction’ (Eckhart Tolle). So maybe try to embrace the present during your time away from the classroom. Try not to pack each minute with stuff to do. Practice not doing. Practice listening to yourself and practice asking yourself ‘how am I feeling right now?’ and listen to your answers. I promise you a very exciting summer if you do!