Mostly Tryin’: The Art of Concentration

The other day I was mindlessly trawling the depths of Youtube conducting targeted online research when I was struck by the excessive array of windows and tabs littering my computer screen and I began to wonder, where does my focus truly lie? Is it possible to genuinely give a hundred percent if our attention is habitually divided?

I have always been led to believe that the ability to multi-task is an attribute to be celebrated, after all, it is supposedly where women excel! So, what is concentration if not the ability to give one’s full focus to the task at hand?

Now my daily practice begins with small tasks; cracking an egg, cleansing my face. Seemingly mindless tasks but there is a simple pleasure to be found in giving a tomato it’s dues as you slice through ruby skin.

The notion of lending one’s full attention to one task at a time sounds simple but in practice, I have found it to be an exercise in mastering the art of presence and I suspect it will be a life-long study.

As I type, an alert from Net-a-Porter momentarily flashes on the screen, I have to make a conscious effort to resist the urge to switch tabs and peruse new editions. I suspect this flitting practice is a half habit and a half “fear of missing out” but it is a pattern I am determined to master…in the long run.

Wishing you all a very happy and present Christmas. Bisous

2017: Et Maintenant?

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I have never really been one to merrily usher in the New Year without a deep and somewhat routine sense of trepidation. Let’s be clear, me and New Years simply do not mix. To my mind it is so often a case of no sooner has one got to grips with the year at hand only to find oneself standing on the precipice of the as yet unknown.

You may have noticed, I am not a fan of change in general (unless of course it is of the shoe / handbag variety), but the New Year makes way for extra pressure that is, to be seen to be changing things up. So, as I sit a mere four days into the New year whilst considering the somewhat rude intrusion of my “post-turkey” belly I have decided the following:

1. I will learn to remain on master riding my road bike by the onset of summer…2017.

2. I will not only strive to gain a higher level of physical fitness but I will achieve the best possible shape of my life! I must admit, this particular goal was influenced in no small part by Teyana Taylor’s unbelievable post-baby body as below.

But is She Really Happy?!

But is she really happy?!

3. I will do my best to meditate daily at least once a day.

4. Make more of an effort with regard to personal appearance i.e. comfort over style is not always the way to go…

5. In my formative years I led a predominantly vegan lifestyle. I would like to return to eating vegetarian meals at least five days a week. This will require a lot of forward planning on my part so I shall be enlisting the help of former model and founder of Organice Your Life Lonneke Engel. A certified Health Counselor (a Dutch nutritional qualification), Engel is a real inspiration for those looking to maintain a healthy conscious lifestyle.

When I need a bit of inspiration to spur me on and away from the kitchen cupboards I have a quick look at the Organice Your Life instagram which is great for reminding me that my choices are not merely a faze but how I choose to live. Watch this space…

Bonne année à tous. x