It is with embarrassment that I have to own up to this. I’m discovering my latent “green thumb”, so have been working out in the garden tending the patch which is a little bigger than a postage stamp, but by no means an organic mecca. Must say though, since I have begun tilling my own soil and I can really notice the quality and taste of the food.
So there I was, digging manure and spreading fertiliser, preparing the ground for some lettuce, broccoli and carrots, my mind really just focusing on the task at hand. Finishing off, I neatly stacked my tools against the side of the shed and went and filled my watering can, just doing the finishing touches.As I walked back around to the freshly finished garden, something smashed me right in the side of the head…bang, completely king hit, I never saw it coming. As I dropped to one knee, my first thoughts were…”what or who hit me”?
I went straight into defensive mode, quickly looking around the vicinity for someone that may have hooked me by surprise or even thrown something at me. But the back yard was dead quiet, the only sound was me groaning as I quickly realised what had blind sided me. I stepped on the end of the rack and propelled the handle into the side of my head.
Even after 30 years of martial arts training I was humbled by falling victim to a painful moment’s lapse in concentration. It quickly served to remind me that even with all the training in the world it takes constant practise and self discipline to maintain the skills I have trained long and hard to gain. But all the skills that you have are useless if you do not practise them with mindfulness. That moment’s lapse in concentration this time cost me a lump on the head. The power of the mind is strong and can quickly distract you from what it is that you are doing. By improving your relationship with the present moment and giving attention to what exactly is needed at any particular time you can improve your chances of not bring distracted by your thoughts and falling victim to a gardening rake or worse.