All of us, at one time or another, seek motivation. We try to find that elusive something that will inspire us. All too often it is our mindset that makes motivation so elusive. If we are truly open to it, motivation will come to us from all kinds of sources.
There is such inspiration to be found in beautiful surroundings. We forget just how truly beautiful our world is, and neglect to see the vistas before us. I am lucky enough to live in South Africa, where there is every variety of natural beauty in our varying landscapes. For me, it is finding myself in inspiring surroundings that fosters creativity.
The combination of beauty and creativity in turn creates a relaxed ambiance, one where mindfulness is all the more likely to occur. It is in this way that I am encouraged to take each day as it comes, to be mindful of the moments that constitute every day. It is only through being mindful that I become appreciative of all the little blessings that are scattered throughout my life: the daily things for which I should be so grateful.
Pictures taken on a recent trip around the Western Cape region of South Africa.
Yes, you read that correctly: I believe that there are times when it is important to do nothing. And here’s why…
I recently had breakfast for five hours. And yes, you read that correctly too. Five glorious hours. The point is not that I ate a gluttonous meal, because I didn’t, but that it was an occasion of relaxation. Normally breakfast is a hurried meal before confronting the list of tasks set out for the day. This time, however, it was completely different.
The scene was a picturesque landscape of natural beauty – fields, cows and a blue sky. It was a time and place where television, phones, and all other forms of technology serving to remind us of the busy modern lifestyle simply had no place. We took our time appreciating the beautiful surroundings before even beginning to think of eating. (Usually I have read the menu and am ready to order before others have even taken their seats.) Needless to say, breakfast was a casual event that extended throughout the morning in a state of timeless relaxation. The added bonus was that we took so long that before we knew it, it was time for morning tea and were obliged to order the most delicious blueberry cheesecake.
Although I think that a certain amount of ‘time out’ is both beneficial and necessary, this particular morning felt like an absolute indulgence. Doing nothing significant for several hours is not a case of idleness or laziness, it’s necessary. These days everyone seems to be so busy and stressed out all the time that taking time to simply relax and indulge becomes an essential practice to counteract our daily routines. Go on, indulge yourself…do absolutely nothing, and enjoy it.