Don’t just do something! Sit there – By Alice (Hub Volunteer)

May 18th, 2015 by

Don’t just do something! Sit there.

On Mondays when I’ve got an essay to finish, three papers to read and a friend to meet up all before four, I wonder if I really need to spend half an hour sitting.

Yet every week I come back to mindfulness. Somewhere in me I know.

It forces me to pay attention. To notice my breath. To notice my body, functioning. To notice my aliveness.

It helps me to keep track of what obsesses me.

It teaches me how to focus. Unwanted thoughts come and I try to observe them with curiosity, without judgement. Then I let them go.

I have found that an important thing to learn, that thoughts are just thoughts, that you can let them go.

It’s not always like that. Some days I’m terrible. I think about what I’m going to do this summer and what I’m going to have for lunch right afterwards and I write an email in my head.

I leave and immediately forget about perspective.

But sometimes I leave and feel the pace of each of my steps, the straight lines on the floor, the trees shivering around me. I see a drop of water hanging from the top of the meeting house, about to fall.

If you’re curious, I encourage you to try it out.

Practice radical self care: take half an hour of your day, just to be.


Alice Howard (The Hub Volunteer)