525,600 Minutes: How Do You Measure What Matters in a Year?

The musical Rent that came out in a New York City Workshop in 1994 reminded us to question how we measure our years on this planet. The cast sings that there are 525,600 minutes in a year that some people measure in sunsets, cups of coffee, laughter, or tears of joy. The song brings focus to the concept that we can bring awareness to the moments of our lives and how very precious they truly are.

Joni Mitchell sings the song Big Yellow Taxi where the lyrics say:

Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you got till it’s gone
They paved paradise, and put up a parking lot

While this song is talking about the loss of natural environmental beauty to an uprising of concrete jungle, the theme of not knowing what we have until it’s gone is a common experience.

The reason I went into the field of Mindfulness and Psychotherapy is because I saw a need to help myself and others realize what we have before it’s gone.

We don’t realize the precious moments in our lives that are passing by us all the time as we’re searching for something better.

Is there a way to get reconnected with the sacred moments of daily life?

Can this moment that you’re reading this be considered a space in time where you might reflect on the day behind you and maybe see where those moments were?

Is there something in this moment right now, how you’re feeling, someone who is nearby you, a rare space of quiet with your coffee or tea, that can considered precious?

Simply reflecting upon this can prime your mind be more aware of these moments when they are spontaneously happening.

This is a wonderful practice, especially if you are struggling with difficulties in life such as stress, anxiety, depression, or addiction.

Note: If the mind says, “been there done that” or “what’s the point, this is of no use,” see if you can be aware that these are just automatic negative thoughts that are likely a result of your mood and at the end of the day, just close you off to possibility.

Try this out as an experiment and see how it goes.

As always, please share your thoughts, stories and questions below. Your interaction creates a living wisdom for us all to benefit form.

Reposted from Elisha Goldstein’s Mindfulness Blog on Psychcentral.com

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