This morning I was thinking about what I wanted to post on my blog. I was deep in thought wondering what I should share or if anything exciting had happened to me this week. I really couldn’t think of any topic to talk about, it was so strange. Then I looked up and realized that while I was deep in thought I missed about a minute of my fitness instructors instructions for the next move.
Yeah, I was completely in the middle of working out and found myself stressing out about what I was going to be writing about hours later.
So immediately I knew what I would be talking about; being present.
This is not a new problem of mine. I have been very bad in the past at dwelling on things that are coming up in the future. I have actually spent time in my head stressing about how I was going to make a left hand turn across a busy street… THE NEXT DAY! A freaking left hand turn! Who does that? I realized a while back how important it is to be as present and as focused in the moment as you can be. To really take in what is going on around you and what is happening right in front of you. Getting anxious about things in the future isn’t going to make the situation better or worse, it only makes your current situation stressful. No matter how much I thought about how hard it was going to be, that left turn was still going to be there. That left turn was not going to change. All I was doing was getting anxious about something I had no control of in that moment.
When you are locked in on what may happen in the future, you lose out on what is going on right in front of you. For example, the fact I missed out on the freaking pigeon pose in yoga. If there is nothing you can do to actively fix what you are worried about in that specific moment, let it go for a little while. Pay attention to what your mom is saying, watch the sunset, read a book. Be unapologetically present in the moment you are in now. I know 100% there might be slip ups where you are listening to your boss and fade off into thinking about what you should make for dinner and if you have the right ingredients and so on. Snap yourself back once you realize it, be back in that moment.
The world moves so fast and so do our minds. It is important to slow down and really see what is going on around you. Stay connected and pay attention, especially in yoga class…