Mindfulness & Tiredness

I send out an email every Wednesday about what I’m noticing in my Mindfulness practice.  Then every Friday I make a quick video exploring the weeks topic a bit more.

This week I was looking at energy levels. I had written in last week’s email that I had given up sugar and things like that (which I still have). And about how much better my energy levels were, and my concentration also.

And then, of course, this week I found myself completely flat! On Tuesday morning I was exhausted. After writing about how my energy was great:)

So, Tuesday morning I had really low energy. I was driving into work and I caught myself thinking – “It shouldn’t be like this”, “What’s happening” and basically wanting things to be different.

And I even had the thought, “I’ll have another cup of coffee”. I wanted things to be different, I wanted to change things.

But I caught myself and became aware that this is a really ripe moment for Mindfulness practice. Instead of pushing against things, pausing to look directly at them.

As I was driving I had a look to see “What’s this tiredness really like”? What is this?

And I could see sleepiness. And I looked to see what else was there.  And I could see contentment – like “I’m sleepy, but I feel kind of content”.

It actually was kind of fine, it wasn’t that big of a deal. So I ended up going about the day without trying to change things. And I was tired for the day. But that didn’t really matter at all. I had a really nice day.

It struck me that sometimes we have real challenges, like feeling tired. But then trying to fight against that, and wishing it to be different is actually a bigger obstacle, we create the bigger problem.

Sometimes just accepting, “ahh this is the way I am right now”. That’s easier.

Until next time,


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Keith Horan

Keith Horan

Keith has been teaching Mindfulness for over 20 years in the West of Ireland where he lives with his wife and three children.
He is trained both in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition and in the practices of Modern Secular Mindfulness. He has an MSc in Mindfulness-based Approaches from Bangor University in North Wales.
Keith teaches in a gentle and encouraging way and helps people to find balance and more self-acceptance in their lives.

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