March 22, 2013
My friend Karina wrote a really nice post about trying to slow down time, and offers some great ideas for achieving the feeling that life is not whizzing by. I am always searching for ways to capture the special moments that happen everyday. I have a terrible memory for details, but it gets better when I actually pay attention and really experience those moments.
Here are some techniques that I use (but should be using more). The first two come from a trusted friend.
1. Stop and pay attention to all of your senses. Ask yourself: "What do I hear? smell? see? feel? taste?" It is amazing how that always grounds me and puts me in the present.
2. Close your eyes and "breathe" through the tips of your fingers. Draw your breath up your wrists, arms, shoulders, body, down your legs and out your toes. (This is great for awakening your senses which helps with the previous exercise.)
3. Just say no to over-scheduling. I have never been one of those people who loves to pack my day with a million things. I have no problem saying no if I don't really want to do something (non-essential), or if doing it will crowd my day too much. This really works for me. I need downtime and I need slow. Life in a family of five is fast and busy enough.
4. Go offline. Nothing makes me feel less in the moment then killing an hour on the Internet. Oh, I still do it, but that's when I feel that "time is slipping by" anxiety the most. I am not good at turning off my phone and shutting the top of my laptop, but it always works when I do find the discipline to do it.
5. Make a cup of tea. It's mental, but this always relaxes and comforts me and helps me pay attention to what is going on.
What about you? What do you do to stay in-the-moment?
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