FROM THE EDITOR
The Collective Hub office recently completed Mindfulness in May, taking 10 minutes of time out, every single day. But as my colleagues shuffled off each time (leaving, I must say, a wonderfully peaceful – and productive – office in their wake), I dutifully stayed at my desk. I didn’t have spare minutes to waste. I was busy. I was working hard, editing stories on mindfulness, for this wellness issue. Yes, I get the irony. But I didn’t have time for irony.
I was also too busy planning our beautiful cover with Camilla Franks (who was incredibly patient and willing, despite the 6am call time). In fact, I was almost surprised to find myself on a boat that morning, along with the 100 metres of extension cords I insisted on lugging with us. You see, I like to plan and be prepared for the worst – which, for some unknowable reason, I was convinced would be a property completely absent of electricity. But as soon as we arrived, found the – abundant – power outlets and the photographer’s camera shuttered for the first time, I realised, for the sake of the shoot itself, I had to be present.
Sometimes, we put ourselves in jeopardy of missing the very moment we’ve worked so hard to reach. That’s why this issue we’re pressing pause, taking stock and delving into mindfulness, meditation and minimalism.
And while I still may never head off for a meditation session in the middle of the work day, this month I’m resolving to take time out more often – and my hope is that, after reading this issue, you will too.
Tara Francis, Editor