Rooted in the Present Moment

I tried to write my rent check early, just to have it ready to send with my roommates’, and this morning I noticed I wrote the check date for “January 1, 2012.”
I was having “brain fog” moments all day long yesterday, as were many of the people I encountered. Small things…forgetting to give someone back their change, digging through a handbag for a mobile phone someone was already holding to their ear, asking a question and then failing to hear/comprehend the answer…it seemed to continue all day, and we were all in accordance that since Christmas, our attention span has seemingly gone on a bit of a vacation.
It’s like I’m rooted in the present moment (finally!).
Perhaps the vacation is between the holiday and the New Year? It’s the least we can offer our minds, really. We expect to be operating at high-speed all the time, our brains firing and absorbing information proficiently and in a timely manner. But what often happens as a bi-product of the holidays? Stress, fatigue, chaos (sometimes all three). It’s unlikely that we’ll be able to actually offer our brains a vacation between Christmas and the dawn of the New Year, but it’s acceptable to simply slow down.
No, the rest of the world won’t hear our plea and slow down with us (unless divine intervention allows such a glorious consequence of serendipity!), but we are in control of our own bodily vessels.
The rush that oftentimes occurs before the holidays is over, but our bodies are such exceptional little creatures of habit; the rush of december can easily carry over into the New Year, permeating “resolutions” and infusing a time that ought to be refreshing, restorative, renewing, with stress and unnecessary haste.
Let us slow down. Let us do this together.
Breathe. Inhale, exhale.
Count your change slowly. Be mindful of your phone conversation (perhaps choose not to speak on your mobile whilst check out at the market, a cardinal rule of courtesy in my book!). Listen to others. Give your attention span a break not by allowing it to go into hibernation, but instead by willfully not overloading it.
It’s up to us to not overwhelm ourselves. Remember that invisible shield I wrote about so long ago, the one protecting us from negativity? Same goes for chaos. The world might hurtle a hundred “obligations” or situations at us seemingly at once, and it’s the job of our mind’s little shield (or think of it as a goalie, protecting the world from scoring with stress balls one after the other, ha!) to deflect what simply can’t be processed. See it as the responsibility of that shield, or goalie, to shelter the mind from becoming overwhelmed.
Turn yourself to the “slow down” channel, and then sit on the remote 🙂
I’m reminded of a screen shot I took this morning of a part of the Yoga Journal email I received. It says that surrendering is a “practice” that one must consciously choose. Well, so is slowing down.
So, let’s practice in these last remianing days of 2012, offering this year the most respect and gratitude we can by simply slowing down.

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6 thoughts on “Rooted in the Present Moment

  1. An excellent read! This post was like reading my own autobiography over these past two weeks , only you helped me make some sense of it 😉 !

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