Taking the Time for the Present
The holidays are such a busy time of year that often we become caught up in many things while losing sight of some of the more important little things that are occurring around us. Taking time to pause and take in the experience can be meaningful on many levels.
Mindfulness is the concept of being present in the moment. The oxford dictionary defines it at: "the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something; a mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique."
I recently attended the Cardiometabolic Risk Summit, where mindfulness and well-being were also addressed. A speaker told an amazing story about a young mother who was struggling to balance her work with parenting a young child. After a long day at work, she was ready to take a moment to catch up with personal emails and Internet surfing, while her son played near her on the floor. Her young son kept trying to get her attention to show her something. She would respond, but not look away from what she was doing, and felt she was multi-tasking. After several attempts, her son said "Mommy....listen with your eyes". Wow. How often do we think we are multi-tasking, while really we are missing important moments, conversations, or little nuances in our lives?
So, take a moment to be in the present. Evaluate how your attempts to multi-task might actually be denying you of experiencing something that is truly important. While it's tempting to multi-task, research has actually shown that it is not a good time management strategy. Our digital, fast-paced environment is tempting, but you deserve to be present in the moment, fully engaging in conversations, events and moments in your life.