It doesn’t matter that I’ve been serious with yoga for years. Or that I have some semblance of maintaining a meditation practice. The simple solitary act of staying present – here and now – still eludes me.
I guess you could say that my mind operates on a higher octane. Whether it’s dreaming of a better tomorrow, or remembering what could have been…it’s kind of mind numbing knowing how out of control my mind actually is.
So what’s an action oriented girl do to get back with the moment?
Here’s what never fails in instantly grabbing my attention.
My Kids’ Laughter
M & G’s little laughs always escort me into the now. The pure sweetness reverberating with their giggles is the best thing ever. A moment not to be missed.
Yesterday it was Lovely Day by Bill Withers. I was wilting away at my desk when the song popped up on KCRW. I immediately stopped, stood up and sang my heart out! And no matter where I am, or what I’m doing, Radiohead always has the come-hither effect on my brain. Their songs continually pull me out of my head and deliver me straight to the present.
Yes, this one goes head to head (body & soul?) with music. And it works, one hundred percent! Getting into my body ALWAYS gets me out of my head. Which puts me in the moment.
And when none of the above are within reach, there’s always yoga and meditation to help guide the way.
What’s your sure-fire strategy of pulling yourself into the present?