As easy as it sounds it can be very challenging to concentrate on the present. I tend to find myself so wrapped up in the future that I overlook the life that is sitting right under my nose. One of my favorite books, 28 Days to a More Magnetic Life, touches a lot on the art of being present. For the remainder of the week I am encouraging myself to become more present. All I have to do is keep this intention on the forefront of my mind. Though my thoughts may go awry, I will try to bring it back to the present moment as often as I can. One way I help myself concentrate on the present moment is by putting sticky notes all over my home, car, and work space that read simple things like "be here now" or "be present" or "you are here."
I also like to put "thank you" sticky notes all over to remind myself to constantly be grateful.... I'll think to myself "thank you for this warm sunlight" or "thank you for these pumpkin seeds"
or "I am so thankful for the sound of my students singing." My mom once asked me "Why do you need these notes everywhere? Shouldn't you always just say 'thank you?'" I had to explain to her that I wanted to be even more thankful than I already am and the notes serve as constant reminders because sometimes my mind isn't always where I want it to be. As soon as I wake up in the morning I immediately start expressing gratitude in my mind, and further, I sit in bed, sip my tea, and scribble out a list of things I am grateful for, big or small, tangible or intangible. All of these activities are part of my quest to be present.
|I am here.|
Feel the ground under the rubber soles of your shoes. Stop and listen to the sounds of birds, or cars, or wind. Take deep breaths. Look at yourself from an out-of-body perspective. Feel the chill in the air, the sun on your back, or the page of a glossy magazine. Close your eyes and exude gratitude. Be aware, be content, be in the now. Chew your food more, rather than just gulping it. Sip your tea slowly, make slurping noises, and giggle inside. Take pictures in your mind. Forget about tomorrow, focus on today. Suspend anxiety and worry because tomorrow is another day and the future is unpredictable.
These are my goals and intentions for the week.
stars, slippers, & sugar cubes,