Writing Lessons: Being The Moment

Photo by Theresa Barker.

Many of us are exploring how to increase our ability to “live in the moment.”  In this series, I focus on a particular strategy each week, such as reminding myself of my intent, or focusing on the details, while doing a task. Let’s get started!

Week 1:  Intent.

. . . Do you make New Year’s resolutions?  . . . A few years ago I started identifying one thing I would like to focus on for the year. . . . In 2015 my theme was:  get more humor in my life!  In 2016 my theme was:  to find opportunities to read my work aloud. . . . .  (Read more here.)

Week 2:  Pay attention to details.

. . . Okay . . . I have tried this one before.  What do you see, smell, hear, touch, taste, and feel?  I’m a little skeptical I can make this work without becoming distracted.  – That I can use this strategy to feel more present in the moment. . . . . (Read more here.)

Week 3: Breathe into overwhelm.

. . . I have heard that taking deep breaths in the middle of the day will help you to think clearer, that oxygen is a powerful engine for the brain. I’m not sure it will make a difference, as it seems like I’m still just as stressed after taking deep breaths as before . . . . (Read more here.)

Week 4: Move your body.

. . . This seems pretty straightforward, and as I have mentioned before, I take daily walks with my younger son already. We often walk in our local (urban forest) park, which is a semi-wooded ravine with a creek meandering along the bottom of the ravine. . . . (Read more here.)

Week 5: Claim white space.

. . . Okay, confession time: I don’t do very well at scheduling time for myself. I suppose more often I squeeze in time for that little bit of writing, or a quick walk to the library to pick up books. But I don’t generally linger at the library – or set aside time to hang out there. . . . (Read more here.)

Week 6:  Feel gratitude.

. . . What do you do to feel gratitude? Do you keep a “gratitude journal”? Do you say thanks during your worship time or other faith-based activities? Is feeling grateful a regular part of your day-to-day life? . . . (Read more here.)

What is your experience with mindfulness and living “in the moment”?  Add your thoughts and comments to this page, if desired.