November 24

GRATITUDE MONTH: DAY 24: “Every day you live is a holiday from death.” ― Marty Rubin

So many of us are like the show “Walking Dead.” We are zombies who have lost all sense of life in our being, in our spirits, in our ways of walking through the world.

We are in motion, doing, never being. We have lost all awareness of what we are doing, because we are automatons, going from one event to another with no mindfulness of having done the things we are doing.

I have worked very hard to breathe mindfully as I perform my daily tasks. To truly pay attention to what I am doing and being in the moment with this. I know that some tasks are more mindful for me than others. I get to be present when I am working in my garden and when I am hiking or outdoors. When I drive, when I am moving, and when I do housework, I have to really focus on breathing so that I am present to these events. The task is NOT to do only those things that I am connected to, but to do all of the things I do in my life mindfully.

I don’t want to get to the end of my life and find that I never really payed attention to most of what has transpired for me in each moment. There are a tremendous number of people who become remorseful at the end of their lives, when they see that they fed only the Ego, never the spirit of themselves and that they spent far too little time in their lives on the things that truly mattered.

Did they perform kind acts each day, enriching others around them, or were they concerned with being so “BUSY” that they missed out on opportunities to be alive and aware and awake?

Take a holiday from death today and LIVE…truly LIVE. Walk on a beach or a mountain or hug a tree or smell a flower or dig in the dirt. Play! Get dirty! Do something you have never done before and breathe mindfully while doing it. Have an adventure! Spend time with a baby or play with a child.

Write a love letter to yourself and read it out loud. Tell yourself and someone else the most wonderful things that you can remember so far in this life and do more of THOSE.

And always remember to have a great time…it goes quickly…don’t punish your self with being important and busy and too distracted to even remember something significant about the day you took a holiday from death.

Published by: Kelly

I am a therapist and counselor with long-term recovery from addictions and personal trauma. My writing reflects these experiences and the road I have traveled in 12-Step recovery settings, along with the work I have done for over 30 years in the field. My love of dolphins includes the stories of them being healers in places all over the world. I long to offer every broken spirit and body the experience of a healing hug. May my words and stories inform, uplift and delight your spirit and soothe your weary heart.

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