I recently saw Paddington at the theatre with my 2 children (great movie by the way). If you don’t know the story, it’s the tale of a bear who moves from darkest Peru to London, England. There is a line in the movie that I found absolutely wonderful. Paddington is explaining to somebody that his body made the journey to London but it’s taking his heart a little longer to get there.
Oh my gosh, how many times have we been there? Travel, particularly at the speed we move today, can transport us to the other side of the world in a day but how long before we actually feel comfortable there? The most obvious symptom of this is jet lag where our time clock needs to adjust to the new time zone. But what about our hearts? Can we measure how long it takes for them to catch up?
It’s not just physical travel, it can be a change within our own environment as well. A job loss, a divorce or death are massive changes that are hard on the heart. But even a small change, such as a familiar sanctuary closing, can take a while to get used to as well.
So we look to being mindful to help our hearts while they work to catch up to us. Paying close attention to the immediate environment or people you are surrounded by. Stopping and feeling the earth or noticing new smells or sights will help the body adjust. While this process is going on, be kind to yourself. Just because your body can get there quickly, doesn’t mean your heart can. A great observation from a small loveable bear. Thank you Paddington!