The first lesson we have to share with you, begins with a moment. Not just any moment, but a moment of quiet contemplation, stillness and tranquillity. And it’s in fostering this moment that we see a subtle shift in our daily habits, our busy routine, which can have a major impact on our overall health and wellbeing.
Think back to a moment where you’ve felt calm, refreshed and balanced. Perhaps you went for a walk along the beach, breathing in the fresh sea breeze while waves lapped at your feet. Maybe you gazed up at the beautiful night sky, watching the stars and constellations twinkle and shine until the early hours of day. Or, maybe, you found yourself by our Lake, sunning outside on our wooden deck, well fed, well rested and well indulged.
What was going on, or more importantly, what wasn’t? While you were enjoying the sand between your toes, you weren’t answering 100 emails and returning 20 voice calls. When you were staring at the Milky Way, you weren’t trawling through your Instagram feed or attempting the perfect selfie. And when you were sipping on fine wine, you certainly weren’t riding the clutch during peak hour traffic.
These moments, which we like to call “Lake House moments”, help you to escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday living. But just like most things in life, Lake House moments aren’t always easy to achieve. It takes practise.
Our first lesson begins with a moment. Find that single moment, which gives you a sense of serenity – be it at the beach, the park, forest, lake, river or simply at home – and find it every single day. Focus on that moment; on what’s around you, what you see, hear, taste and feel. Take time to embrace what’s around you right now, and just be. The best bit? The more you find this moment, the more you’ll feel lighter, happier and carefree.
So what are you waiting for? Make a moment happen, and make it happen often.
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Enjoy Lessons from The Lake– a series of blog posts focussed on mindfulness, reflection and wellbeing.