#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?