How Mindfulness Can Help You With Waiting

If you are a person with cancer, you have done and will probably continue to do, lots of waiting…waiting in waiting rooms, waiting in exam rooms, waiting for test results, waiting for chemotherapy to infuse, waiting on the radiation table. It might seem daunting and endless.

If you are a healthcare professional, without a doubt, your life is also filled with waiting in other ways…waiting in traffic, waiting in line at the grocery store, waiting for the next patient encounter.

It is easy to get hung up in this perpetual state of waiting…waiting for the next thing.

Today I want to offer you the concept of NO MORE WAITING!!

That’s right, if you change your mindset on waiting, you can change a huge part of your life.

Instead of twiddling your thumbs or fretting over the next thing while you are waiting, be present in the moment.

Eckhart Tolle put it best when he said:


“ Give up waiting as a state of mind. When you catch yourself slipping into waiting…snap out of it. Come into the present moment. Just be and enjoy being.”

Eckhart Tolle

Take time to notice your 5 senses. What do you see around you? How does the clothing feel against your skin? What sounds are in the room? How does your drink taste? Are there any noticeable smells? Get in touch with the aliveness in your body at that moment. 

The only real time is here and now. You can’t afford to miss it.

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