I remember attending a seminar last year and the facilitator said something profound that really got me thinking. He was talking about how often we are absent from the present. Here we were sitting in the seminar, approaching the noon hour, and he asked us, “how many of you guys are thinking about what you’re going to have for lunch?” I had to admit my mind had started to drift over the last 30 minutes as I had started to acknowledge my hunger building. However, when he said that I really thought about it. How often do you arrive somewhere, maybe to a meeting, and spend the first 1/2 of the meeting mentally digesting where you’ve just come from and the second 1/2 of the meeting thinking about where you are about to go once this meeting ends. Yes, you’re having a conversation with your words, but, where are your thoughts? Are they present?
After that seminar I made a promise to myself that I would work hard on being in the present as much as possible and I have to say this sounds easier than it is. My first observation is that when you live in the moment you notice things that have likely always been there, but, you’ve missed in the past. As you’re waiting in line at Starbucks to get your coffee, what are you doing? If you are anything like I was you’re thinking about everything you have to do, worrying you’ve gotten a ticket because you didn’t plug your meter, wondering what you’re going to make for dinner, realizing you forgot your lunch in the fridge, you get the idea. If you can relate to this in any way, I challenge you to be in the moment.
Take in the world as you move through it. Notice the people, the smells, the energy, the noise. Be in the present.
Remember: To get what you’ve never had, you must do what you’ve never done.