Simple PleasuresMy life is abuzz with energy…and it’s not good.

It’s election season and people are fervent with the passion of their ideologies. The media is trying to capitalize by sensationalizing every. Little. Thing. We should be afraid of Ebola, terrorists, politicians (that goes without saying) and apparently, one another. It’s getting thick and deep out there.

Well, I’m still running on the prehistoric operating system installed by Mother Nature – “Fight or Flight 1.0.” I’m not equipped to deal with “Media BS Blocker 5.75″ or “Frightened Citizen 10.9.” I’m just ME, trying to get through my life and desperately grasping for shreds of peace and harmony, so I can get a little tethered.

I know I’m not alone. We all pretty much have the same operating system, except for Einstein and that Hawking character; he’s pretty much a Demi-God. So, I’m trying this experiment – taking a social media respite and focusing on my business goals, without social media, working in my studio and banging out a little ditty for y’all to read. I’m taking this break because I have an inkling the current way of the world zaps joy and can make us SICK!

I’m creating “place holders.” Positive, meditative things to do so I don’t go drooling to the Internet  like a Pavlovian Zombie (click to Tweet). The place holders include the following:

  • Positive visual images
  • Soothing and upbeat music
  • The good ol’ “To Do” list
  • A blog that reminds me to check myself
  • And lots and lots of painting…because that’s where my focus should be right now.

….should be pretty low key.

I’m taking a break – (Exit stage left. Curtain. Act II)

After refraining from “worldly stimulation” I discovered I haven’t been living in the moment. I’ve been focused on the future…which I have little control over beyond my own goals and planning. Do you ever do that? Find yourself ruminating in negative news and “what ifs,” playing into the hands of the evil news media and political players? I was a pawn…but now…CHECKMATE!

These “worldly crises,” may or may not be manufactured. They’re events out of our control which drain my energy and joy. In Simple Pleasuresaddition to the make-believe stuff, there are some truly unpleasant things to deal with in life. We all have them. For me, right now, I have some friends who have health challenges and several who have lost close relatives in the past few weeks. Real life.

Given my intention to plant my feet firmly in the “now,” and still deal with real life, I cannot entertain all the chatter…my operating system will not support the file size and I’ll crash. What’s a girl to do? This girl discovered music is a pleasant substitute while in the car…or better yet, silence. I got a massage from my “You don’t have to die to rest in peace” therapist…divine. I walked my dogs in a beautiful, wooded area on a fine fall day…fun. When not taking a break I painted in my studio…productive. I became less reactive and more present. We know it’s the simple pleasures that bring joy to our lives. We all are aware of the importance of living mindfully, but sometimes we forget. It occurred to me:

Those small, simple pleasures life blesses us with are what we call ‘living.’

So if your world starts spinning, and you feel it’s all too much (are these song lyrics? Seems like they’re song lyrics), just take a few moments to tether yourself, to the sweet, “nowness” of mindfulness. Enjoy the simple pleasures…it’s nutrition for the soul.

CHECKMATE! I’m a Queen!

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Michelle Andres is a writer, artist and coach who nudges, nay, shoves, her clients in the direction of their dreams, helping them to overcome non-productive behaviours and enjoy more success inWriter, Artist, Coach their lives.
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