A few months ago I read “The Power of Now” By Eckhart Tolle. Reading this book made me realise how important mindfulness is in everyday living. It also highlighted how non-present in the moment I can be. For instance, lately while watching TV, I’ll find myself doing other things as well. Checking up on FB for instance, or paging through a magazine or adding to my to-to list. Instead of just sitting there and enjoying the movie/sitcom/series I’m watching.
At work, I’ll be on the phone and while talking, I’ll often be typing something to save time. Sitting with a phone gripped between my ear and shoulder isn’t comfortable and how much time am I actually saving?
We are constantly told ways to get more out of our day and given loads of tips on multi-tasking. But how many extra hours in the day are we getting out of this? Are we adding or subtracting time and stress in each situation?
So lately I’m trying to just be in the moment. Present. I’ve packed my phone away more often. I think I posted for the first time in months on FB the other day. I’m aiming to be more in the here and now. Rather than floating in cyberspace waiting for approval of a photo I’ve taken of my cappuccino or a witty status update. And you know what? It isn’t all that difficult. Because the more present I am, the more content I feel. In fact when I take my phone out for a photo these days, it is to save something to share on my blog or just to remember the moment by. Not 3 different snapshots of my rapidly cooling coffee.
At work there are times when multi-tasking is essential and then I give juggling 100%. But after the morning rush, I try tackle one task at a time and know it is done perfectly when I tick complete.
And this mindset has spilled over into other areas of my life.
I feel more engaged and present these days and it feels really good. My aim is to spend less time fretting over the past, less time worrying over the future and more time living in the here and now. Instead of mulling over something that happened years ago which I cannot change. It is a work in progress – I do find it difficult to let go of things but realising that you cannot change the past is the first big step.
So that is where I’m at right now. Being more here and appreciating the present moment as a gift. Not brushing over it or taking it for granted.
These days when we are out, enjoying our weekends or time off work, I keep my phone in my bag and my mind in the moment. And you know what? I find I have more time to enjoy my cappuccino….while it is hot.