This morning I took a break from the "things" I told myself had to get done. I went for a walk along the creek near our home which is low and barely moving. While walking at first I could only hear the cars passing by on a nearby street and all I could see were houses and people raking the last of autumn's leaves from their lawn.
Continuing my walk, I began to hear the faint trickle of the water in the creek and the song of a distant bird. I then noticed a bunny munching on some grass. I then noticed the cold air entering at the tip of my nose and the pulsing of my own heart. I smiled and turned around and for just a moment it seemed like the bunny was looking right at me. Suddenly, I was present with life beyond all the things I told myself "had to get done". The rest of my walk was an up-lifting adventure.
This morning reminded me how easy it is to get caught up in the "this and that" of life. Yes, I have responsibilities; we all have responsibilities in life and whether we notice it or not, we are also all on a path of "enlightenment". This is happening at the SAME time and BOTH areas of life are equally important. I know from my own experience that when I EQUALLY embrace my "day to day" responsibilities and my personal "practice of enlightenment", my life becomes easier.
Look at the "things" in your life that consume your time and energy each day. Examine the story you have built around the activities. How easy is it to convince yourself that you must do "this and that"? Perhaps you say "its my job" as a mother, father, partner to do "it". Perhaps you say "well, if I don't do it, no one will." Is that true? or is that just a story? Notice for yourself.
Do not allow the responsibilities of "day to day" life DISTRACT you from the practices that lift you and transform you. When you get to the place where all you see is the work you need to do, you may fall victim to the ILLUSION that there is not enough time for your "practices of enlightenment". I encourage you, don't live that illusion.
Instead of living that illusion take some time and go for a walk and see what you notice. There may be a bunny watching you. :-)