One of the major benefits of 30dayswild for me is that it has prompted me to take a proper lunch break at least a couple of days a week. To escape from the office and away from my desk. Lunchtime today found me back in my new favourite park (Sutherland Grange) eating my lunch by the river and meditating. On my way into the park I spotted a red admiral, and then saw a beautiful demoiselle damselfly fluttering over the river.
I took a few minutes to meditate, focussing my attention on the ripples in the water, noticing the breeze against my face, the warmth of the sun on my back, the sounds of the river gently lapping against the bank, bird song around me, wind whispering through the tumbling branches and leaves of the willow tree I was sitting beneath. Taking a break like this, tuning into my surroundings, helps to centre and ground me, and focuses my mind back for a productive afternoon at work.
This evening, we ate outside again, a now regular occurrence, the TV was not turned on and we read books, chatted and watched the clouds in the sky above us. Just a short one today.