How many of you noticed that I missed writing my blog last week I wonder? Well I didn’t notice until Wednesday!
Last week I was on holiday in Somerset and I got caught up in the experience. I got so caught up that I totally forgot about my blog. I was enjoying every moment of wandering around Cheddar Gorge and Glastonbury.
Joe and I last visited Glastonbury at the beginning of our relationship over twenty years ago. We were living in the moment but paradoxically also living in the moment of that first visit all those years before.
So were we really in the “now”?
If you read about this topic you will be encouraged to purely focus on your sensory world in the here and now. What can you see, hear, feel, experience? What tactile sensations are you noticing? Your thoughts are about being “present” with the experience.
For many of us this is challenging. We might start evaluating our experience or thinking about someone we intend to share it with later. So last week when I was enjoying my experience I was constantly flowing in and out of the state of “now”.
As a species we are easily distracted and maybe we are just in denial when we talk about having the attention span of a goldfish as if that is not normal for human beings.
Interestingly enough the place I find it easiest to be in the now is watching my fish in the pond. I find I can look at the fish and watch them swim round, distracting thoughts disappear and I relax fully. For me this is a form of meditation. The practice of mediation and the practice of mindfulness are two ways we can learn to stop our busy hurry, hurry lives to recharge our batteries.
I’ll talk more about this in the coming weeks. For now consider this. Living 100% in the now might be tempting however it might result in a lack of consideration for the consequences of a present action or inaction.
For me last week this manifested in me forgetting to blog. In the scheme of things not a big deal. However there are other things in life perhaps require us to use our uniquely human ability of being able to predict the consequences of our actions.
What do you think?