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#115: Trying to Enjoy the Moment

Thursday, October 22, 2009

A short while ago as I sat and ate cantaloupe, my mind wandered to the stack of cassette tapes I had been sorting. The fruit was deliciously sweet and juicy and that's what I wanted to concentrate on. But the mind wanted to wander.

It seems there are so many distractions -- real or imaginary -- that call for our attention that it is often difficult to focus on the matter at hand.

I don't recall the name of the author (Wayne Dwyer maybe?) who wrote about present moment happiness, stressing that we need to be in the moment, using all of our senses to appreciate what we are doing right then at that time.

I turned off the TV, closed the laptop cover and concentrated on the joy of consuming such a delectable food. Even when some juice streamed down my chin, I concentrated on my eating. When I was finished, I cleaned up and smiled at the pure pleasure I had experienced.

Perhaps, sometimes, we do not allow ourselves to enjoy our present moment happiness, whether in the weight room, on the treadmill, walking through the neighborhood or eating a meal. We allow our mind to wander, thus depriving us of the joy of the moment.

How do you handle these situations?
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  • HOLLY1949
    Too many times my mind is other places when I eat, and I don't really enjoy the food that way ....I can finish my plate and be surprised it is gone so fast. I need to start practicing mindful eating. Great Blog Lou.
    4147 days ago
    I don't know about Men , but Women learned to multi-task in order to get everything we need to done in one day. This creates a absent mind when eating.....not good because food is the one of the important places to focus on what we are doing, take in the smells and taste and enjoy every bite because this helps us to eat slow and less , it makes us feel satisfied and turns off our hunger signal. I have been working on this very thing -trying to focus on doing what you done today - to be in the moment and enjoy the food I am eating. I still slip back into old habits some time but I am doing better at it.

    Some thing's distraction works to our good but not when eating.
    When I go for a walk outside I like to take in the sight and sounds but when I am on the treadmill distraction and or/multi tasking like listening to a book on tape....works to the good.

    4148 days ago
    I think we miss out on a lot of the wonder around us for that very reason, Lou. Thanks for the reminder to be mindful!
    4148 days ago
    I had cantaloupe today too! I hadn't had it in a long time and did my best to enjoy it with my 2 1/2 year old running around.
    4148 days ago
  • BIGDAD1211
    It is hard for me sometimes to keep my mind on one thing. I start thinking of one thing and then I branch off into another. I mean if I have to focus on something, I can do that, but to sit back and just enjoy the sunset would set me to thinking about clouds, and then the rain that comes from the clouds, and then the puddles and so on. LOL I guess I almost got distracted here.
    Great Post Lou!

    4148 days ago
    It's true that we really SHOULD be less distractable at times, and you sound as if you have a tendency to relax your powers of concentration, as I do, at times. However, where my friend the treadmill is concerned ~ we've been intimately involved for almost a year now, honestly, on almost a daily basis. And while I appreciate my friend, and am ever so devoted to it, after a year ~ the view is limited, and the conversation lacking. While I am grateful for the time with it and the hummingbirds that fly just outside the window next to us, frankly, I need a bit more stimulation. I've found that our experience is enriched by a favorite radio talk show in the morning, or last night's excess tv programs which were recorded so we could enjoy them together, or a book on the ipod, or a great music beat makes the time fly by. By now, we find the distraction such a plus, neither of us would have it any other way!
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    4148 days ago
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