In our busy, active, full lives, often we find ourselves not only going non-stop but juggling multiple responsibilities at the same time. Picture yourself talking on the phone while emptying the dishwasher and gesturing to your child that you want him to get busy with his homework. Or maybe your attempt at getting it all done resembles eating while standing up and between each bite you are folding laundry and watching TV. Sound familiar? Moreover, the idea that you could do “just this” seems both wasteful and impossible!
If any of this sounds like you, and if just maybe you’d like to try something different, read on. I cannot begin to explain the value you will receive by practicing the art of “be here now”, fully present to “just this”, energetically focused on one thing. That is for you to discover! Here are a few ways to begin your journey toward that discovery. With any of them, especially if you find yourself resistant, experiment in short segments – one meal, 10 minutes, 5 breaths.
- Single-task. If you are eating, eat, taste each bite. Folding laundry, fold. Notice the colors and texture of the fabric.
- Breathe. Just stop what you are doing, close your eyes, and take in five deep breaths.
- Gift your attention. With your next conversation, stop thinking. Give your full attention to the person who is speaking to you. Give the gift of deep listening and rapt attention. Hear what they are saying and sense the deeper meaning underneath. Give without judgment and without planning what you’ll say in response. Be curious and maybe ask questions. Most importantly, give the gift of your 100% presence.
- Channel your thoughts. If your mind is the busy body that multi-tasks, try focusing on just one thought, one idea, one affirmation or encouraging message and repeat it over and over: I am here now. I am fully invested in making this project a success. I am grateful.
What do you discover with “just this”?
What is the impact of your practice?
What is possible if you expand “just this”?