Two decades ago I regularly spent long periods in the hospital, having surgery and moving forward hoping for success. Hoping to return to my own bed in my home, my own life, to working even.
No needs to remind a hospital patient about Mindfulness as defined as the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something.
In the hospital, the day started with a nurse checking how I slept, making notes, and of course temperatures and blood pressures 6 – 8 times per day. After some toast and cereal which I would to make to be some event of my day – then there is usually some medications and blood work to follow.
Sometimes I had to be wheeled to another part of the hospital for another test, at least it was a change in my routine.
No my readers, I feel confident based on experience to say hospital inmates like myself are very mindful.
I won’t be tedious talking about the rest of the hospital day suffice to say after a few weeks or moments you dream of your couch at home like a fish in the desert dreams of the open ocean.
Mindfulness is something I try to use another way now though. I like to go outside and not read or study, or anything. I look around and try to absorb the breeze. A breeze is wonderful kiss from the earth when you have been inside a ward on an IV for a long time. I remind myself how sweet a breeze can feel when you miss it.
I open my eyes and I look at the trees, the grass, all the plants and I consciously try to see all the shades of green and inhale to detect if the lawn was freshly mown.
I don’t want to take any of it for granted, I want to be mindful of my gift of health.
Life is an incredible gift, and in a blink of an eye it can all change. Forget the phone and computer screens for an hour and sit on a bench along a channel, or listen outside for a bird’s song and be mindful of what you and I are given,.. by being alive.
It changes my perspective, by being mindful. How about you?
I sat down today to write a post and this popped out. It is a sunny day here and I just had a bike ride for 45 minutes, I’m feeling appreciative of the privilege. I hope you had a great day, thanks for reading & for your ideas and/or comments.
Humorous thought – I remember the first time I saw a universal remote control – I thought to myself – Wow! This changes everything.