Where do you spend most of your time? In the past, present or future? When we spend our time in either the past or future, we miss the present. Did you know that our mind can’t think about the present? Our mind can only think about the past or the future so that’s how it keeps us from the present.
In order to be in the present, we must learn to still the mind so that we can observe and enjoy the present moment. Mindfulness meditation is a great technique to learn the art of being mindful. Take 15 minutes to walk what normally takes you 30 seconds to walk. You want to do this barefoot. If you do this outside, forget about what others may say or think. This is for you.
Notice everything, the air temperature, the feel of the surface under your feet, what you feel on your skin, what you hear, see, smell maybe even taste. Pay attention to all the details. This is being in the now and according to Eckhart Tolle whose book The Power of Now details how one can awaken by learning to be in the present moment.
When I did this exercise, I walked on my deck early one morning. I noticed the change in the temperature of the deck as I walked from sunshine on the deck to those areas covered with shadow. I heard the wind rushing through the leaves of the avocado trees. As my experience came to an end, my two yellow labs rushed out to me.
I wrote this after my experience:
The wind whispers to the avocado leaves
as the shadows push back the warmth of the sun.
The ocean sits in all its regalness silently watching.
Motorcycles roar and basketballs bounce.
Golden velvet heads bound out with greetings.
What do you do to be mindful of the present moment? Have you ever taken the time to something in extreme slow motion to look at things differently?