Sunday, May 3, 2009

Are you present?

A friend and I have been commiserating about our stress from work. We decided to ask each other if we are present to the moment as we move through our week. I find when I stay present to the task at hand I am calmer and more productive which feels great. When I am not present I feel scattered and worry that I will not get the task done. This feels really crummy. Remaining present is also helpful for life's unexpected events. It enables me to go with the flow and reduce worry. I keep in mind that the unexpected event is what I am meant to experience. Anxious feelings about all the work I am not getting done are relieved with the thought that I am getting the current task done. The Byrd’s sang it beautifully To everything turn, turn, turn There is a season turn, turn, turn And a time to every purpose under heaven Another source for learning how to be present is by listening to my favorite Buddhist nun, Pema Chodron ~ True Happiness cds. She translates the Buddhist teachings into easy to understand teachings. Try to be present as you move through your day. Stress and worry will reduce over time.