Can you be mindful in a busy new york city?

 Is It Possible To Be Both?

Doing production for a living and bringing spaces to life against all odds (hello event design and production!), definitely puts me in some crazy situations where my body tenses up and my mind is going 100 miles an hour. Things are coming at you left and right and no matter what you encounter you have to overcome it because at 8PM on that same day you might have 500 VIP’s showing up and you can’t exactly tell them- no, don’t come in.

On the interior design side it’s a little less brutal because you have a longer project timeline, but those last days before you turn over a Store or Office to a client that is eager to get in can be just as crazy or crazier (hello construction problems!). And to be honest with you, when life happens in this way, it is fucking hard to stay mindful.

Being the Capricorn that I am (hello perfectionism!), I have been trying different techniques like breathing, stretching and grounding in the midst of some of these tornadoes but it only gets you so far. So I got to thinking… can you be mindful while being busy?

Think about when you are running around the city from meeting to meeting while taking phone calls, texts and emailing all at the same time, all the while thinking my fucking brain is going to explode. You pass by a homeless person, but you are so wrapped up in your world you don’t even notice them or give them a second thought.

Now reverse the situation. It’s a Sunday, the thought of work and to do list’s are far far away. You are out walking around the city and pass by a homeless person. This time you look. You take that whole person in and maybe notice something in their eyes or face that reminds you of someone. Or you see sadness on their face and are drawn to help them or at least say hi. Same person, two different scenarios- being verrrrry busy vs. just being. Which scenario makes you a more mindful person? You got it- the still one.

Now I’m not saying we should be sitting around all day being still (unless of course this kind of reclusive life calls you). But injecting moments of stillness in your life and being conscious of doing so I think does wonders. Whether it’s meditation, sitting and staring out the window or going for a walk in nature, all these things help you ground and be calmer in the moments of busyness and craziness. And if we all did this (as in the world’s entire population), imagine the shift that would take place? People stepping out of their own world and realities and tuning into others’. Humanity, which really is what it’s all about.

Don’t know where to begin with your stillness practice? Send me an email at [email protected] and let’s talk!

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