Life in the Present: A 10-Step Approach
1. Do one thing at a time. Single-task, don't multi-task. When you're pouring water, just pour water.
2. Do it slowly and deliberately. You can do one task at a time, but also rush that task. Instead, take your time, and move slowly.
3. Do less. If you do less, you can do those things more slowly, more completely and with more concentration. If you fill your day with tasks, you will be rushing from one thing to the next without stopping to think about what you do
4. Put space between things. It's a way of managing your schedule so that you always have time to complete each task. Don't schedule things close together - instead, leave room between things on your schedule
5. Spend at least 5 minutes each day doing nothing. Just sit in silence. Become aware of your thoughts
6. Stop worrying about the future - focus on the present. Just focus on what you're doing, right now. Enjoy the present moment
7. When you're talking to someone, be present. focus on really listening, on really enjoying your time with that person
8. Eat slowly and savor your food. Savor each bite, slowly, and really get the most out of your food. Interestingly, you'll eat less this way, and digest your food better as well
9. Live slowly and savor your life. Just as you would savor your food, do everything this way - slow down and savor each and every moment
10. Make cleaning and cooking become meditation. They are both great ways to practice mindfulness.. Put your entire mind into those tasks and do them slowly and completely. It could change your entire day as well as leave you with a cleaner house
When you get stuck in the past, or consumed by the future, it's easy to lose sight of the pleasures of life in the present.
GOOD MORNING !
I love a clean house and I love to cook. Most of the time though, the house is ignored and very little cooking is done here. Last night I made egg salad as I’d been craving it. That is the kind of cooking I do most of the time.
I love the feeling you get when the house is sparkling and every thing is in it’s place. Mine hasn’t felt like that for a while. The necessities get done and very little else.
By the end of a day at work I’ve done about as much as I can. When I’m no longer camping on the weekends more will get done at home, but til then I will not loose sleep over it for sure.
So according to the list above I have a few things to work on if I’m going to live in the moment. I really do think it is the best way to live. I’m going to start practicing those things on that list today. Nothing is ever as easy as it seems.
THOUGHT FOR TODAY
The work will wait while you show the child the rainbow -
but the rainbow may not wait...