It’s been a busy summer – really, really busy, and I’m grateful for the business, travel and wonderful friendships with clients. All of the activity has found me in an interesting predicament – trying to fully live in the present.
Do you find that when your schedule is packed to the gills, it’s difficult to stop thinking about the next task or appointment? Me, too -- especially when time requires frequent multi-tasking. Now don’t get me wrong – I am all about multi-tasking low priority tasks, but living in the present frowns upon doing more than one thing at a time.
Right now, I’m visiting one of the prettiest places in the United States, Dana Point, CA. Outside of my window is a gorgeous city park with trees, flowers and wide grassy expanses overlooking a harbor on the pristine bay. My heart tells me that I need to slow down and appreciate this exquisite opportunity but my brain keeps skipping ahead, demanding that I find something to do…
How do you reconnect when the to-do list demands that you “do” vs. “be”? How do we still the frenetic energy that haunts our brains? Some find peace and presence in nature, others in meditation; my escape is not so honorable – I love to indulge in to cheesy novels or spy thrillers.
For some strange reason, absorbing the fictional lives of a best seller (or not so best-selling!) allows me to turn off the urge to do and relax. Taking a break to indulge in fiction actually allows me to me to reconnect with my inner self. The only challenge with this solution is that I just can’t break out the novel during a client meeting when my mind is wandering!
So I’m asking for your help and suggestions – what do you do to live in the present? How do you stay centered amidst the busyness? How do you stay in the present without overlooking a task in the future?
Please post your thoughts on transferring busyness to mindfulness – I look forward to your thoughts and help!