“If you’re always racing to the next moment, what happens to the one you’re in?” – Nanette Mathews
Life can move quickly. We rush from one task to the next, always in a hurry. Always running short on time. We multitask, making a phone call while preparing lunch or sending emails/watching Netflix while exercising. But as we do this, we might find ourselves overcooking the pizza or not finishing our workout.
With a heightened sense of urgency in our days, we tend to forget the importance of being in the moment. Of navigating through life one moment at a time. This is your weekly reminder to slow down. Instead of multitasking, be fully present in all that you do. Rather than focusing on the end result, give your full attention to the journey. Remember that fulfillment is experienced through the process, not the outcome.
When you are talking on the phone with family, only talk on the phone with family. Give them your undivided, uninterrupted, exclusive attention. When you are exercising, only exercise. Avoid texting, scrolling through the ‘gram, or going online shopping. Be present with each action, each task.
Our time on earth is limited. Savor every bite into your food, every conversation with a loved one, every trip to the grocery store, every brush stroke to your teeth. Each moment. Because there will come a day when you won’t be able to do any of the tasks you once took for granted. Rather than impatiently waiting for the next vacation or the next weekend, enjoy today. This moment. For it is all you truly ever have.
The next time you find yourself rushing from one task to another, take a breath and slow down. See what it feels like to attentively and intentionally slow down. Rather than focusing on the end result, find pleasure in each task.
Pay attention to what it feels like in your mind and body when you slow down and are fully in the moment. As you tap into this type of energy, a shift in the way you think, act and feel will transpire.
Enjoy what comes of today!