Close your eyes and imagine a moment in your life that you wish you could bottle and get lost in it for a second.
There is a chance you are drifting off to a happy moment where you were surrounded by people you love. Maybe you are on a vacation or in the comfort of your own home. Perhaps in this moment you are by yourself enjoying a cup of tea or glass of wine cuddled up with a good book. There is nothing wrong with wanting to bottle some alone time and silence.
What was present in that moment that you were enjoying so much? You. You did not recall a time when you were multitasking, on your cell phone, or adding to the long to-do lists we carry around in our minds. You recalled a time when you were very present and content.
What if we could find a way to be more present in our daily lives? A way to bring attention to each of our actions. Would that allow us to savor the moment even if it is a work meeting or lunch with a friend. Would we make different decisions if we were present?
A great way to begin practicing is by becoming present in what you eat or drink. Over the next 24 hours, I encourage you to pause before you put something in your mouth. During that pause, ask yourself:
- Why am I eating/drinking this?
- What will it do to support me the rest of the day?
- Is this satisfying my need?
I would love to hear your answers. I would also love to know….did you put it down and choose something else?