I talk in my training sessions about being present and living in the moment. I explain that we struggle to do that because we have a tendency to live in the past or in the future.
Living in the Past
In our minds we re-live the past, going over events and conversations that have already happened. Just like a song stuck on repeat, they play again and again driving us crazy.
“I can’t believe he said that!”
“I can’t believe I did that”
“OMG that was such a stupid things to say!”
Living in the Future .
In the future we rehearse or plan in our minds what we are going to do or say.
“As soon as he is done making his point, I’ll say…”
“When I am done this, I will do …”
“After I am done here I am going to go…”
The Here and Now
What happens is we miss what is actually happing in the here and now. We aren’t really listening to what someone, is saying, what we are experiencing or the emotions that are coming up.
On my way back from Calgary last month, there was a beautiful sunrise to the east as I was driving. My first thought was “OMG I have to find the perfect spot to take a picture of that and share it on Facebook.” I was consumed with sharing the colors the glow and the beauty of it.
Noticing I was more frustrated about not being able to get a good shot of the sunrise rather than just experiencing it, I brought myself present. When I had the opportunity, I wound my way around side streets to a park where I pulled in and stopped so I could really experience the sunrise.
Emotion is Here
As soon as I did, I was overcome with a surge of gratitude. I was grateful for the numerous experiences and connections I’d made over the last couple of weeks. I was grateful to be heading home to my loving family and I was grateful to have beautiful weather to drive in knowing only 2 days previously had been treacherous conditions.
Driving away after a few moments I realized I hadn’t got “the shot”. Aware there remained in me an urge to share this wonder with my Facebook friends, I stopped once again, a little further down the road on the highway and took the picture to share this time being present to taking the picture.
Being present is simply slowing down and becoming aware, really aware of what is happening and what you are experiencing. That morning was about my gratitude for life, love, opportunities and connections. The sun had me stop and really experience that gratitude in the moment.
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