I’m trying to practice mindfulness today. Ha! I’ve already failed a few times. That’s okay there are more minutes in the day and I seem to be able to be PRESENT for only about a minute anyhow.
My patterns are learned, and my mom (God Love her, asleep for our entire last visit) was so good at worrying about the future. She really considered it part of her job to worry about all of us all the time, and our friends and our friends friends. My father was a worrier too but he wouldnt ever admit it. It came from a place of deep caring, but it manifested in a family that can act like rats in a coffee can.
So being in the here and now is a real task for me. Some of the ways I can be truly engaged in the moment involve this craft of knitting.
When I use a chart I have to think think think and it keeps me centered.
When I was working the Gala room, last weekend, for the benefit I was fully involved and focused. By the way we achieved our fundraising goals and it was hugely successful.
When Fireman and I are in the woods doing physical labor and cutting brush, I get lost in the work of it. I’m outside, it feels good to be accomplishing something.
Zach is taking salsa lessons and he says it is a great workout and he has to focus.
Do you work on being PRESENT and not worrying?
What are the things you do that get you so focused you can escape the constant chatter in your mind? What? You don’t have constant chatter ? It’s just me? If it is I better find Charles Schultz Lucy and get some advice !