Where would you say that you spend most of your day? In your head, or your heart? Just take a moment to look back on the 24 hours of your life. Did you lead it by the intention of ‘shoulds’, or by being intuitively guided to your next move by your soul’s calling?
You see, I spend a LOT of time in my head. I’m always working out what I need to be doing, where I need to be going, what I think I should be doing, thinking about what I’m not doing that means that I’m not getting done the things I should. And then there’s the thinking about everyone else too. ‘Are they OK? Have I done enough to make them happy? What do we need to do to make that thing happen that we’ve been talking about like forever? When are we seeing this person and that? Is the dog OK? Does my neighbour need any shopping done? I haven’t seen them in a while are they OK? Maybe I should pop around. Yes, I should definitely pop round. Just right after doing this thing I should be doing.’ This constant dialogue with oneself is EXHAUSTING. Never mind then the dialogues you then have with people outside of your head in the real world and on emailphonetextwhatsappfacebookmessengersnapchattwitterinstagram.
I don’t know about you, but quite a lot of the time my head is ready to burst. In fact it’s ready to remove itself from my body entirely and start taking on a life of its own. I sometimes envisage a world where we’re all walking around - heads separated from bodies - whilst our bodies wonder around aimlessly looking to find their owners - discombobulated beings.
This may sounds like something from some kind of freaky futuristic SciFi straight to DVD movie, but it’s happening right now. Generations of humans walking the earth taking more notice of what’s going on within small electronic devices rather than what’s going on around us.
But wait, what is this troop of souls on the path to enlightenment coming over the hill?
Well, it’s you, of course, right there, living in the present.. Hi, nice to see you here. Let’s grab a cup of something and sit down shall we? Let’s sit down and not say a word, but rather, take a deep look into all the magic that’s going on around us right now.
You see, in order to counteract my head / body extraction, I’ve made a conscious effort to quit looking into my phone or a screen endless hours each day. Instead I’ve decided to go outside, sit somewhere and start looking at nothing, and everything. You see, by just sitting still and looking around for 10, 20, even 30 minutes a day, you soon find out that magic is everywhere.
There’s magic... when you stop talking in your head and voice and start tuning into all the different noises you can hear – mainly the noisiest first, but then fine tuning into the subtle complexity of all the in-between sounds. You can work out the man-made from the natural, and start dialling up the volume of a tweeting bird, or the laughter of someone in a happy moment nearby. Listen even closer and you can find out what’s going on in someone’s everyday soap opera.
There's magic... in the life going on about you. From the stories you can make up of the lives lived of those people going about their everyday business; to the Trojan like working ethic of the ants going back and forth; or the birds going from tree to tree communicating with each other about what is going on around them. “Look at those funny people down there, looking into those shiny things. None of them seem to look at us any more. Wait…there’s one, show off your feathering skills Brenda.”
There’s magic... in the air; there’s the breeze washing over your skin – enveloping its cool grasp around your body. There’s the infinite variety of smells taking you from your nose to an old memory coming into sharp focus that comes from a forgotten yet familiar scent. In the flickering of a nano-second you can be transported from where you are right now to a distant memory just by your sense of smell alone.
There’s magic... in the meniscus of a rain drop, in the ebb and flow of each tide, in the rise and fall of each sun. I’m telling you, there’s magic everywhere.
What’s more beautiful one is that there’s magic inside of you too. There’s magic in in every heartbeat pumping life and energy around your body. There’s magic in every breath carried to every cell ofyour perfectly magic self. There’s magic in your smile, in your essence, in your expression of your truth, in your creativity, in the wisdom of your soul.
There’s magic in the feast... of all of senses inside and outside of us, and it can take place at any time and at any place you’re at right now. And what’s magic about that is that if we take a few minutes each day to pause, turn down the noise in our heads and start being more mindful of the world going on around us - and within us - we might just start believing in it on a more regular basis.
So why not take a moment to ponder the magic happening around you right in this very moment? Ready? Abracadabra.
About Kate Taylor
Kate Taylor from Up Coaching is a creativity coach and everyday magician. What does that mean? Well simply put, she practices what she has coined ‘Practical Magic’; a powerful combination of coaching, Neuro Linguistic Programming and connecting to the wisdom of our bodies through exploration of self.
Sometimes she’ll be here with tools to help you go on an inner adventure so that you unleash your creativity and live life on your own terms. Other times she might be writing poetry, or musing on the beauty of the world. And then on other occasions she might very well be dropping F bombs like confetti and challenging you to a dance off in her virtual living room. One thing is for sure… She will never be without her trade mark red lipstick and statement necklaces, and will always be ready to greet you with a smile. Find out more about Kate and her work on her website Up Coaching and hang with Kate in these places... Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.