Several times a day, every day, I stop what I’m doing, look around, and acknowledge that I’m in the middle of living a moment of my life. This acknowledgment only lasts for that brief moment each time, but it’s enough.
I don’t know when I started doing this, but I think it came about from my morning meditation practice. It’s a side effect from training myself in the art of mindfulness. I end up dipping a few times a day into being mindful of the present moment.
I’m so grateful that I do, because then I can feel like I’ve really lived in my day.
In this modern age, our attention is getting pulled in a million different directions, each of them dragging away from ourselves. I think it’s more important than ever for each of us to regularly practice mindfulness. It can be as simple as taking a moment to consciously focus on breathing in and out. That not only feels wonderful, but it can also pull you back into your real life, and away from any digital distraction you may have been sucked into.
We need to pay attention to real life at least some of the time, because just like the soap opera announces: these are the days of our lives. Once they go, we don’t get them back.
You owe it to yourself to try and enjoy at least a moment or two of each day that you are lucky enough to get.