Sometimes the words flow. Sometimes they do not.
They often start at a spluttering and stuttering pace before building up momentum. A sentence can take 10 mins of thinking time but within an hour you realise that you are frantically tapping away at your screen or scrawling 5 sentences a minute as the words tumble onto your page.
I have just sat down at a table on a train. The other 3 seats are available and a mum and her 2 young sons sit down next to me. This isn’t going to be a quiet journey!
The older of the 2 boys, he is going to be 7 on September 5th, instantly started chatting to me like we are long lost friends.
Within a couple of minutes we had confirmed:
1. The train is high up
2. It is going to Manchester
3. It was going to be a fast train
4. It is quite hot on the train
The announcer confirmed the stops again, at which point my new friend and I agreed that she didn’t need to say that. We already know it’s going to Manchester.
His younger brother eyed up the waffle that was produced from his mother’s handbag and confirmed to the whole of the carriage that it was his.
He then considered going for a climb, possibly with the aim of getting to the luggage compartment at the top of the carriage. I would have joined him in his climbing expedition if that didn’t run the risk of getting stuck or arrested.
The mother didn’t have much to say but made sure she was stocked with snacks and tissues.
Children can be very much in the moment. I read once that the area of the brain that recalls past events and contemplated future ones is not as developed when we are very young and our experience and learning impacts this development.
As I contemplate the next paragraph, the younger brother starts to sing jingle bells in what I think was his own carefully devised language.
My trail of thought is lost slightly….
Not only are my new friends ‘in the moment’, but they are also very passionate.
This took me back to a conversation that I had recently when a friend said that “I was clearly very passionate about it” when listening to my expressions one Saturday morning over coffee.
Isn’t it wonderful to be passionate?
This jogged my memory back to a post earlier this year, I think it was one of Heathers Musings, referencing our ‘mind poverty’ – or a similar phrase along those lines. The lack of “something” and the disdain and frustration on what we “have” or what “has happened”.
Something that I can relate to. It occurred to me that at those times, I may not be in the moment and maybe my passion has been paused. The passion that can so often be expressed in the moment in such a natural way by others so much younger.
I started to research the word and history of passion – a foolish thing to do as I have work to do. Going into a wormhole of research, opinions, books and websites is not going to write this blog post or indeed complete the other tasks on my todo list.
But it then occurred to me, the importance and essence of passion had already been demonstrated by these 2 brothers and their moments on the train up to Manchester.
As part of my mindfulness practice the importance of joy and gratitude regulary appears. But to be passionate in my practice, values and moments can surely offer some support and value. Also, within my actions when they hold my core values and passions there is progression, evolution and momenteum. An intention that feels right.
I reflect on some of the up and coming courses at the Mindfulness Association. Consider these little snapshots from the course descriptions
“Nurture the tools to recognise, accept, celebrate and thrive on our differences”
“It could be said that the job of a Mindfulness teacher is to facilitate an ‘inner revolution’. “
“Join us to investigate how elements of mindfulness including stability, curiosity, empathy and insight can facilitate wise discernment”
“Nourishing ourselves with gratitude, before turning towards what’s difficult in the world”
“In our mindfulness practise, we come back time and again to our motivation for practising: for the deepest well-being of ourselves and others”
“Our well-being is inextricably linked with the larger world around us.”
“what is mindfulness if not turning towards the places that scare us?”
These little inspirational nuggets from the course descriptions clearly have an essence of passion about them. The tutors, the courses and the work of the Mindfulness Association have a demonstrable passion.
We can all contribute to our own and our shared passions in so many different ways.
This Weeks Challenge
I invite you to join me in recognising and cultivating your passion in your practice, life’s moments and actions. Maybe join us on a course, start up your own local group, support that cause or charity and continue with your practice.
Warm wishes until next time.