It has been said that people who are dealing with anxiety and depression live most of their time in the past or in the future and very little time in the now. It makes perfect sense. The anticipation of coming events, remembering an embarrassing moment or a "I wish I would have..." from our past. These have been struggles for me and I just couldn't figure out how to get to the NOW of my life.
AND THEN - I was researching, gathering, and came across the article about being present - it just doesn't happen, silly me, I thought it should! As with everything that is habitual (good or bad) - we need to train the brain to get there!
HOLY MOLY life is so busy that it is very challenging not to be distracted, always trying to see around the corner to what is next, worrying that something has been forgotten, especially balancing jobs, home, family, schedules, YIKES!
You don't ever expect to run a marathon today, so start small. Engage your senses to stay in the moment, the sound of the keys on the keyboard as you type, the sounds of the birds and the colours of spring as you walk, the fragrance of fresh laundry, focusing on what another is saying, not only tasting your food but noticing the texture and aroma. It's ok if you need to bring your mind back and perhaps it is only minutes at a time to start, soon you will be reading a book and not having to read the same page twice, remembering that person's name and the conversation you've just had.
And the very best part of all is that you will enjoy those moments in all their glory, without the feeling of rushing through them.
Remember: Every thousand mile journey starts with a single step.
Rosy Window Staff