Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Being Present

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I've been working to deepen my spiritual practice. I've taken a couple of classes recently and have a true desire to connect more fully with the God of my understanding. Two areas that need work are meditation and being present in the moment. 

A friend told me recently that I stay in my head too much. At first this bothered me, but after giving it some thought, I have to agree. It's hard to stay present when there's a steady stream of chatter running through my mind.

In fact I contemplated this in the shower last night. I tried to focus on the water flowing over my body, and the feel of the soap in my hand. 

First a song ran through my mind, so I had to re-focus. 

Next, I started writing this blog post in my head.....about being present. Really?!? Re-focus. 

It's supposed to rain tomorrow.....wonder when they'll finish the pool? Shit! There I go again.....re-focus.

What time is that appointment again? Ugh! Re-focus......

The dishwasher needs to be unloaded. STOP! Re-focus.....

I think, all in all, I was able to stay present for about three seconds at a time. Looks like this may take some practice.......

Have you tried being present in the moment? Did you have a hard time staying focused? Got any tips for me??

Have you been there?


1 comment:

  1. Claire in CA, USAApril 8, 2013 at 11:42 PM

    I recently took a class called "Hearing the Voice of God." Talk about enlightening! They encouraged us to "be still" (Psalm 46:10) for 10 minutes a day, and to journal any visions, words, voices, etc that we experienced. 10 minutes turned out to be a very long time for me. :-) God still spoke, despite my impatience and lack of stamina to be still, so be encouraged!

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Yes! I've been there, Claire!