Monday, November 28, 2011

The Present Moment

The Pittock Mansion
It was the end of Thanksgiving break. The kids had been home for a week. For most of that time we had been entertaining houseguests.

We had visited the Portland Art Museum and a local mansion decorated for the holidays. We'd driven a hundred miles to visit my parents and we'd eaten at lots of wonderful restaurants. It was all wonderful, but last night I realized lunches needed to be packed for school, laundry needed to be folded and UGGHH I hadn't even looked at my blog since late Tuesday night.

In short, I was a little tired and out of ideas.

So I picked up The Happiness Project and thumbed through it hoping something would resonate. And fortunately it did. There it was, a little section about being present.

I reread it and realized (again) how I am often far, far away.

Often my blog posts are written in my head while I take a shower. It is fairly common occurence that my husband will be in the middle of asking me something and POOF...just like that I've gone somewhere else and have to ask him to repeat himself. I'm making grocery lists and to-do lists while I'm reading bedtime stories and while I'm grocery shopping and checking off items on the to-do lists I'm often thinking about plot lines.

Basically, my mind is hardly ever where it's supposed to be.

My own personal hell!
I like the idea of being present and more aware, especially during the holidays. Wouldn't it be nice if I could slow down and take everything in? Savor it!

Admittedly, this is coming from a person who finds the last three minutes of a yoga class (the part where you lie on the floor and do nothing) to be excruciating. Still, in the spirit of The Fulfillment Project I'm going to give it a shot.

What's that? What did you say? Sorry, I was thinking about writing Christmas cards. I know, I know, this isn't a very auspicious start but I promise to do my best and then fill you in on the details.


Dianne K. Salerni said...

Oh my gosh, this is SO me! Love that "Warning: I'm not paying attention" sign.

My family has grown used to the idea that Mom is frequently not in her head at all. But you're right: It's not always a good thing.

Living in the moment (at least more often) is a good resolution for the upcoming year.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I think we're all capable of drifting mentally.

Hart Johnson said...

Man, this is SO ME. in my defense, I am usually escaping a conversation I don't want to be having (EVERYBODY WANTS SOMETHING!) but it is definitely good to be present for at least the not-negative stuff...

Jenny S. Morris said...

I do the space out thing all the time. But, my hubby is a musician and he does the same thing to me. LOL. I love the Pittock Mansion, but I've never seen it decorated. I'll have to see if my hubby wants to take the kids.

Talei said...

Quite normal! I've walking into rooms today forgetting why I went there in the first place. Maybe its Monday? Enjoy writing the Christmas there's something I do need to do!

Johanna Garth said...

Diane, the worst is drifting off mid-sentence.

Alex, absolutely!

Hart, I like that. Be present for the not negative stuff.

Jenny, it was beautiful. Christmas around the world!

Talei, I do that too. Hmm, why did I need to run down to the basement?

T. L. Cooper said...

I, too, often find myself with divided attention; however, I practice being present. I think it truly is a skill one must develop. It's a state of being well worth achieving though! The rare times when I do achieve it, my results surprise even me!