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Living in the moment


I've challenged myself to truly living in the moment this week. As my life has gotten busier, I've turned on auto-pilot quite a bit and I'm sick of it! I've been breaking out of that habit slowly and become more aware of what I'm doing, how I'm feeling and just the general world around me.

So all of my experiences this week will be thoroughly scrutinized while they are happening. No more constantly thinking about what task I need to bustle to next. I'm just going to enjoy what I'm doing 'now'!

Just this evening after making this promise to myself, I've felt the pace of things slow down and become more relaxed. It's been an interesting side effect!
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I had the hardest time with this this morning!

I walk to work - about a 20 minute journey, half of which is on the main street in my neighborhood and the other half on the busy frontage road of a major highway in town. If I feel brazen, I will cut through the huge piece of proper (3M) that allows me to nearly miss the entire stretch of highway and lets me wander through an open woodsy area. Sometimes I just feel weird doing it (loads of people walk through - but there are no trespassing signs in an attempt to stop homeless camps from setting [sign in to see URL] there are frequently those too!).

I usually listen to an audio book, sometimes taking my dog Kali with me and hubby picks her up when he brings the babe up to nurse at lunch. The audio book allows me to totally tune out the drab scenery and have an enjoyable walk. But today I thought I would try without the book and simply 'live in the moment'.

And boy did I fail! Every few minutes I found myself thinking about what email I needed to respond to first when I got to work or the library book I forgot to return this weekend (d'oh!). I'd shake my head and go back to total absorption and awareness of my [sign in to see URL] to drift off again and think "oh, I'll write about that in my journal!" when I saw something neat. It was amazingly hard.

I recall a book by Starhawk - I think it was The Spiral Dance - where she talks about walking through the woods and most people are telling themselves a story. Something like "oh, I'm such a good witch, I'm getting out in nature!" They do this instead of truly letting the experience shape itself and not putting our own emphasis on it. Of course, while trying not to think of a story or future tasks, I started to try to remember exactly what she said! It was a bit of an aggravating time but let me know a great place to concentrate my efforts!

So I'm going to return my overdue book today and look for the Starhawk book!

EDIT: [sign in to see URL] glad for this forum which chronicles so many things I've done! I found an old post talking about the book - it's The Earth Path: Grounding Your Spirit In The Rhythms Of Nature. Now I know which one to have transferred to my branch!

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I'm glad you are trying to live in the moment, the hustle and bustle of daily life, hides so many of the Goddesses blessings from our sight.
When I go [sign in to see URL] my mind starts to wander, I focus on a plant or bug in front of me, till I feel that commune with nature [sign in to see URL]'ve been wandering and heard trees in my head, I've wanted to stop and converse with them, but was afraid it would take me out of the moment.
I'm happy that you are finding your peace again. emoticon

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I think I need to start by doing this at another time. Walking to work, I'm constantly thinking about the day ahead. Plus the route is so routine for me. So this weekend, I'm going to get into a bit more of a natural area. I used to be able to do it so it shouldn't be too hard to get back in the habit of awareness!

I'll try just focusing on one thing when my mind wanders. That's a good idea. I think I would try to "take it all in" when I was having trouble before and since I was focused, it was easy to wander again!
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I'm really proud of you for working on this!

I would love to do more walking in the wooded areas of our property, but that's not physically possible for me. That's one reason I really like to camp at one of the local camp grounds. It's totally treed and level enough for me to [sign in to see URL] even one of the hiking trails is fairly level and follows the river the campground is on.

I think the concept of focusing on one thing, like Queeny does, if your thoughts start to wander, is a good one. One I need to work on, myself!!

In a way, I don't really do much anticipating of [sign in to see URL] reason nothing seems to get done around the house! [sign in to see URL], maybe I need to live a little less in the moment and work a bit more on actually doing a little thinking ahead!

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Oh Saijen, another good way is to dig out the lawn chair, lay back and contemplate the sky. OR clouds or [sign in to see URL] you now why NOTHING gets done around my house until [sign in to see URL] Hubby is NOT working and I have to be a normal "wife"! emoticon

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 emoticon [sign in to see URL]! Now, when the weather is nice, I have this wonderful rope hammock type swing that is hanging from my favorite maple tree in the hard. I can sit in it, and let my legs dangle, or I can stretch it out so that it's like sitting on a [sign in to see URL] it's all rope. I do put a pillow in the [sign in to see URL] ropes hurt my rear! lol. I keep a big stick handy, to push myself, cause my feet barely touch the ground when I'm in it. I've fallen asleep in that thing! Hubby in his rope hammock, and me in the hammock [sign in to see URL] of us snoozing!!

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I can sit and stare/meditate/have a clear mind. For some reason, it's the walking that really throws me off!

Well, today was just about a total flop for this challenge. Woke up to a phone call from the farm about Maggie's labor maybe not progressing like it should. Once that was solved, rushed to work and had meetings or work sessions all day. Came home and skyped with both sets of Willa's grandparents, ate dinner and just now got the little one to sleep. I've barely had time to breathe let alone be "in the moment"!

Hoping for a calmer day tomorrow!
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Oh [sign in to see URL] you peace emoticon ...breath hon.

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Texas, I'm sorry things started off with such a loud bang this morning! It's very difficult to just 'live in the moment' when you have a job to do outside of the home, on top of being a wife and mother, and issues at another place that you have some portion of a resposibility [sign in to see URL]'t beat yourself up for things not going as planned. It's kind of like [sign in to see URL]'re gonna fall off the wagon now and [sign in to see URL] important thing is not to feel guilty, or be upset with yourself if you don't meet your standards on a daily basis. You didn't gain weight overnight, changing habits isn't going to happen overnight, [sign in to see URL] with this. It takes [sign in to see URL] give yourself permission to be ok with days like today, and try again tomorrow!!

 emoticon I'd send you some energy, but not sure you want sick energy comin at ya! LOL

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