Monday, June 20, 2011

this week's intention: NOW


"when you are present, you can allow the mind to be as it is without getting entangled in it. the mind in itself is a wonderful tool. dysfunction sets in when you seek your self in it and mistake it for who you are"- power of now

this week's intention is inspired by this book. i've been reading it every morning and learning more and more about how to train my mind to live in the present. i have to constantly remind myself not to be in waiting mode or to dwell on things of the past. even though this is something i've been working on for years, i want it to be the sole focus of this week. i've caught myself being super negative the last few days. crankosaurus really. i don't want to miss out on the beauty of thunderstorms or my daughter's sweet voice because i'm preoccupied with feeling sorry for myself or worrying about things i have no control over.

the other day at book club (i'm a terrible member and have failed to read one book, but this was the book of choice) i felt completely present and so happy. it felt so good to be surrounded by fun girl friends and to be able to gab and gorge on jennifer's amazing spread of appetizers. specifically we were sitting on jen's back porch, which i've always loved. there are strewn lights everywhere and vines and lots of places to sit. the girls were taking turns reading their favorite parts of the book and i caught myself being totally and utterly present. it felt so magical to just be in the moment and not in my head.

when i'm practicing living in the present sometimes blasting this in the background helps.


Brooke said...

This is perfect! Definitely something I needed to hear and be reminded of :). Time to get crackin'!

Your Southern Peach said...

I think it's something everyone struggles with on some level, whether we realize it or not.

It takes practice but being aware of it is a great first step to enjoy the NOW!

Thanks for the reminder.



Kristina said...

I often get stuck thinking about the past, but recently I am losing time NOW by thinking about the future - specifically October when I'll be going back to work and leaving my daughter in day care, something that causes me a lot of anxiety. I find myself thinking about that instead of enjoying the moments I have NOW. Thank you for the reminder to be present!

Claire Kiefer said...

I need to be better about this. In a serious way. I'm a hard-core dweller. However, right now I am very PRESENT with Jax Teller as I watch Sons of Anarchy. I'm so obsessed that I can't even watch the Bachelorette!