As part of my spiritual practice I try (I mean really try) to stay in the moment.
When I was younger I would hear people say to be here now and I had no clue what it meant.
Over the years I figured it out and then just sort of let it slide, not thinking about it very much, but knowing that I was not very successful at it. When I happened to be in the moment I was thrilled and vowed that I would try harder.
The last few months I have made it part of my life and never realized how out of the moment I truly was until lately.
I discovered something shocking about myself.
I tend to not be too much in the past, I am more a future girl. I don't mean way into the future, I mean just a few minutes or an hour or two. What I discovered by watching my thoughts is that while I am hiking I will sometimes be thinking about what I will do after the hike. While I am doing most activities I will be thinking about the next activity. Which means that I am not really living my life. Mostly I think this is just a bad habit and one that I can change.
I also noticed that when I am painting, reading, or watching a movie I don't do this jumping into the future thing, I can stay present and engaged in what I am doing. Same for if I am having dinner with a friend or hugging my dog. Which is why I think I like these activities best. I am really alive when doing those things. Makes a lot of sense.
So these days I am breaking this very bad habit and living more, thinking less.
I thought that perhaps this little insight could help some of you as well.
BE HERE NOW :-). XOXO