Believe it Or Not, There’s a Hack For Present Moment Awareness.
Mindfulness does not require your sitting on a special pillow with your eyes closed for hours on end, or listening to a guided meditation droning on in your ear. In fact, there is an anchor to the present moment that is with you all the time. You can be fully present as you move through the minutia of your life: Walking, talking, and being here now. The key to everyday mindfulness is savoring.
When we savor something it means that we are fully present with it and appreciative of the experience. The opportunity to savor is available to us in the smallest, most simple of moments. Inhaling the aroma of your tea before you take a sip, noticing the quality of the light as you drive, and appreciating the taste of your lunch are all rock solid anchors to the present.
The opposite of savoring is the numb blindness that occurs when we rush through our days, barely aware of the sights, sounds and smells of our lives. It’s effortless to become trapped in the yammering chatter of our minds: Visualizing things that happened in the past, planning and anticipating things that haven’t happened yet, and listening to the running commentary of our minds. This inward focus occupies our entire attention, and we miss the humble beauty, the safety, and the pleasures that are available to all of us, in every moment.
Savoring: The Antidote to Calm Your Monkey-Mind.
Savoring IS being here now. Opportunities to savor are all around you, all the time. Noticing and appreciating the reflection of the clouds a puddle, breathing in the fresh breeze, and enjoying the experience of your healthy body walking are only a few of the transcendent experiences you might have between the time you roll the shopping cart out of the store and arrive back to your car.
Intentionally savoring puts you back in contact with the present moment, and the beauty of life. Challenge yourself to fully savor just a few things today, and notice what happens when you do. You’ll quickly realize that when you are present with your experience, and savoring it, the chatter in your mind stops. The mental movies go dark, and your inward gaze turns outward again — reconnecting you with the moment you’re in.
Life is a beautiful gift, always available for your pleasure. Enjoy it.
xoxo, Dr. Lisa Marie Bobby
with Denver Zen Center’s Dr. Peggy Sheehan
Mindfulness: The ability to stay grounded in the current moment, and simply be present with whatever is happening. So simple, yet so hard. What’s easy? Getting swept away by distractions, thoughts, feelings, daydreams, and worries about things that might happen. When we live in our heads, which most of us do most of the time, we’re not really here. And that’s too bad, because the world is a beautiful place.
Our ambient stress and future-focus is even more pronounced in the weeks leading up to the holiday season, so I thought that this would be a good time to revisit some simple mindfulness skills that will help you be able to slow down, breathe, and enjoy this special time of year.
My guest on The Love, Happiness and Success Podcast today is Dr. Peggy Sheehan. She’s a Denver-based physician who teaches Dr. John Kabat Zinn’s Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program through Kaiser Permanente, as well as a spiritual director of the Zen Center of Denver. She knows a lot about mindfulness: The benefits of the practice, and everyday practices that will help you to slow down, and be more peaceful and present with your life. Today, she’s sharing her wisdom with you.
Also, during our interview, Dr. Sheehan alluded to a “body scanning” exercise developed by Dr. Jon Kabat Zinn which is very helpful to use when you’re struggling with insomnia. I tracked down the recording that she mentioned (on YouTube) and am including it here for you…
Do you hate to meditate? Does the idea of sitting on a little pillow with your eyes shut, sweeping stray thoughts out of your head over and over again, make you feel antsy? Me too.
And yet, Mindfulness – the art of being present — is the key to a happy and healthy life. You don’t have to meditate in order to practice mindfulness. In fact, you can be more connected with the present moment all of the time. On this episode of the Love, Happiness and Success I’m teaching you how!
Being self aware, and able to differentiateWhat is Happening Now vs. What You’re Thinking About is the foundation of health, happiness, good relationships, and your long-term success. Yet we humans can spend our whole lives trapped in our minds, and rarely make contact with the here and now.
In doing so, we miss the immense beauty the world has to offer, and the small moments that make life worth living. Worse, our minds can generate scary and distressing thoughts that, without mindfulness, we’re powerless to overcome.
You are in the present moment when you are connected with physical reality: Your anchor to the here and now. No matter what you’re doing, or where you are, you can be in the present when you simply see, hear, feel, smell and taste. When you are in your body, you are not “time traveling.” Try it today and see just how easy it can be to stay in the present.