One of the wonderful things about an Ultimate Blog Challenge month is the oodles of content posted every day. I find myself squandering long hours exploring what starts out as a single post and turns into entire archives of newfound blogs. Along the way I come up with an idea or two and tag them away in a file to come back to later. Today’s post is a combination of ideas gleaned from a couple of blogs.
Sometimes life comes at us so quickly that it is all we can do to put our arms up and shield ourselves from the onslaught. Our days are filled with errands, to-do items, and problems to solve, not to mention fitting in the fun things that soothe our souls. It is always a good idea to take a step back and evaluate where we are in this rumpus.
I’ll readily admit that I have a problem with living in the current moment. My mind is constantly ruminating over the past or planning and worrying about the future. Very rarely do I find myself focused on the here and now. Although it has gotten me this far in life, it is really not a great way of living. The following exercise is to gently focus my monkey mind on the present.
In order to fully stop and take inventory of this very moment in my life, I bring you Miss Riki’s Reality. It is a snapshot of my life as it stands in this very moment. Two minutes from now it will likely be very different, and two weeks from now it will most definitely have changed. The idea is for me to stop fully and understand the now.
Miss Riki’s Reality:
Time: 2:17 p.m.
Place: My dining room table.
Eating: Freshly cut watermelon.
Drinking: Iced soda water with lemon.
Watching: My cat Ernie cleaning his paws.
Wanting: A piece of dark chocolate. Or a pretzel. Or a dark chocolate pretzel.
Thinking: That waiting a year for a trial (for the Aurora, Colorado gunman) is just too long.
Creating: This blog post. (And a sticky mess from the watermelon).
Hoping: That I do well on my upcoming final exams.
Needing: A vacation.
Wishing: The best for a family member with a medical issue.
Listening: To the hum of the air conditioner and the click of the keys on my laptop as I type.
Feeling: Pretty darned well, actually.
Wondering: How many grams of carbs there are in a large flour tortilla.
Loving: The prospect of seeing a dear friend tonight.
Sitting back and acknowledging these simple thoughts and facts has quickly brought me back to reality. In concentrating on what I am thinking, feeling, and doing in this moment I am unable to put my focus on the past or future. As simple as it may be, it has been very effective. I now have a tool to help me bring my wandering mind back to the current moment.
Do you spend a lot of time reflecting on the past or pondering the future? How do you stay present in the current moment?