Welcome to Week 11 of One Simple Change: my year-long series of holistic lifestyle tips!

Last week for One Simple Change, I talked about Healthy Drinks. In that post I said I’d talk further about raw milk, juicing, and why you should cut out soda in the weeks to come. And I’ll get to all of that soon, I promise.

Today, however, I felt the need to post about something else: Being In The Moment.

I came upon this wonderful post recently. It really got me thinking about how I’ve been feeling quite overwhelmed by life lately, and about how maybe spending too much time not being in the moment has something to do with that.

{And I love the part about cats. It’s so true. I watched Leo for a while outside yesterday and he’s definitely a pro at being in the moment.}


So lately, I’ve been practicing being in the moment. Instead of creating impossibly long to-do lists and dooming myself to multitasking fails, I’ve pared down the list of things I want to accomplish on any given day to one that’s actually do-able. Then I focus on doing one task at a time, and on giving that task my full attention without letting my mind wander to other things.

For me, being in the moment also means not turning my thoughts to sweeping the floor when my daughter is telling me about her day. It means not going on facebook when I am watching a movie with my husband. It means not starting a bread baking project two minutes before I have to head out the door to karate class.

There are other names for being in the moment by the way…maybe you’ve heard it referred to as “being mindful”, or “being fully present”. Whatever you call it, being in the moment can enhance your life in many ways.

Consider if you were to be in the moment for every meal. What if your focus was on your food and only your food while you ate? Imagine how much you’d enjoy your meal, and how much better it would be digested. You’d pay attention to how your body was feeling with each bite and you might even eat less as a result. You wouldn’t eat on the run. Or in the car.

Yesterday I went for a walk and focused on being in the moment the whole time. So many things were happening around me: there were squirrels bouncing around in the leaves, there were cardinals playfully dancing in a tree, there were hawks screeching and diving in the sky above. And I might have missed it all if I had made a phone call or thought about how we need a DJ for my son’s upcoming Bar Mitzvah or what I was going to make for dinner instead of just allowing myself to be in the moment.

So are you “in”? What’s one way you are going to practice being in the moment this week?

 

27 Comments

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    Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite — March 23, 2012 @ 12:11 pm

    Definitely something we could all practice a lot more of. Thanks for the reminder Winnie. xo

    • Winnie replied: — March 23rd, 2012 @ 12:33 pm

      You are welcome Mardi. Believe me I need the reminder as much as anyone!

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    Kathryn — March 23, 2012 @ 12:20 pm

    You have a real knack for saying exactly what I’m thinking about.

    • Winnie replied: — March 23rd, 2012 @ 12:33 pm

      Thanks so much Kathryn :)

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    Kimmy @ Lighter and Local — March 23, 2012 @ 12:27 pm

    This is a massive challenge for me. I worry too much, I focus on the next thing, not the current thing. I’m trying to change. To worry less, focus on the moment, take more leaps without looking. I think most people need a reminder of this, thanks Winnie!

    • Winnie replied: — March 23rd, 2012 @ 12:35 pm

      Kimmy- it’s a challenge for most people. especially those of us who spend our lives worrying :) I really notice a decrease in my stress level since I’ve started practicing being mindful, though.

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    Cookin' Canuck — March 23, 2012 @ 2:06 pm

    What a wonderful post, Winnie! It’s so true that we pile on tasks and to-do lists, to the point where we can’t really focus on anything in particular. I know I do this all the time. I’ve found that I really need to be mindful of moments I spend with my children – they are growing up far too quickly and I want those moments to be etched in my mind.

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    jodi — March 23, 2012 @ 2:07 pm

    I’m in! This sounds a lot like what I’ve been doing lately. It is a challenge sometimes, but I practice a little bit every day. I must say a nice spring walk it is so much easier to do. and when I have stress I try to just to be the aware and present and I immediately feel more relaxed. This week I have a bunch of little stresses so I am working on not thinking about those things, but just experiencing them in the moment and not fighting it!

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    Cassie — March 23, 2012 @ 2:10 pm

    What a fabulous reminder, Winnie! Thank you for writing these words. I am constantly overwhelming myself and I need reminders like these to step back and just take it all in. Thanks for the inspiration, I love this series!

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    Annalise — March 23, 2012 @ 2:32 pm

    Well, you just called me out on something I almost never do. And I was actually snarfing down my lunch while reading your post. So I took a break to finish it mindfully before I came back to comment. Why do I always feel like I have to be doing two things at once? Why is it not enough to accomplish one task at a time? You’ve really made me stop and think. Thank you, Winnie!

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    Jamie — March 23, 2012 @ 2:35 pm

    Wow, Winnie, I need to print this out and carry it around with me. I have been doing many of these naughty things and losing out on what’s happening around me. Well, now that husband is working from home he does force me away from my computer for regular breaks and walks and dining together and makes me turn it off in the evening to focus on the family. Living the moment has actually gotten much easier since we are all back living at home together again and husband is home full time, and really, what a pleasure! Thanks for a thoughtful post :-)

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    Rebecca — March 23, 2012 @ 2:41 pm

    You mentioned your son’s bar mitzvah. We just went throught that so I know how stressful it can be to deal with all the details. But on the day of my own son’s bar mitzvah, I was so happy to let it all go and be in the moment. I was able to savor every moment and it went so well.

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    Jayne — March 23, 2012 @ 2:47 pm

    Gosh you totally caught me out! My mind is a crazy place always moving onto the next subject before I finished what I’m doing/saying! I read a book while watching tv, etc. no wonder I sometimes think I’m going crazy! I am driving myself crazy and never enjoying the moment. I must remember this, great post Winnie!

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    LiztheChef — March 23, 2012 @ 3:25 pm

    A tough one. I’m going to practice pushing myself away from the computer more.

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    Kim — March 23, 2012 @ 3:36 pm

    Thank you for the reminder, Winnie. I am absolutely guilty of missing the little things because I’m too busy conquering my to-do list. Have a wonderful weekend!

    [K]

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    Sara {OneTribeGourmet} — March 23, 2012 @ 4:25 pm

    You are so right…I need to practice & be mindful of living in the moment. Life is so fragile, we need to enjoy every second. Lovely post beautifully written.

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    alice — March 23, 2012 @ 5:59 pm

    Beautifully written and a great reminder to be present.

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    Barbara | Creative Culinary — March 23, 2012 @ 5:59 pm

    Maybe I long for these moments this time of year as much as I long for warmer weather. I find it hard to relax when indoors, being ever reminded of things I need to get done.

    When spring starts to emerge there is certainly plenty of work to do outside but I love little strolls around my garden just to eye something popping out of the ground and I can sit on my porch with a cup of coffee and just ‘be’ with the pond gurgling and the birds chirping for…well I ‘could’ for hours but I’m lucky if I give myself 30 minutes. Still…I’m there without a book or a computer and it’s always a peaceful time that I look forward to every morning. Now you have me wondering why I just give that up each winter; why I haven’t thought of what I could do to be still and do nothing but exist in the moment. Next year!

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    Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe — March 24, 2012 @ 3:30 pm

    Great post Winnie. As I read this, I am making pancakes, photographing them, and trying to eat them at the same time. Do you think I am enjoying them? I mean, fully enjoying them? Oh well, at least I went to yoga last night and really focused on being present for one solid hour! I endeavor to do that much MUCH more. Thank you for the reminder. :)

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    Paula — March 25, 2012 @ 11:31 am

    This is probably the hardest *simple change* you have posted to date yet one, if we could all adopt would most likely prove to be the most beneficial to us. Thanks for reminder.

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    Kenleigh @squirreltales — March 26, 2012 @ 3:37 pm

    For years it seems I have been urged by my clients to explore, or at the very least carry in our boutique, the writings of @EckhartTolle . My husband and I, busy with the restaurant/tea house, interior design business, and boutique sadly find time for ourselves. I bought the book “the power of now” to check Tolle out, and it was amazing!

    We began carrying the book, as well as the book on cd in our shop, and it constantly needs to be reordered. A must read (or listen) for anyone who resonates with Winnies’s (and 98% of humanity’s) struggle stay fully be in “the now”.

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    gluttonforlife — March 27, 2012 @ 10:28 pm

    A lovely reminder, Winnie. I’ll be trying simply to do one thing at a time, and also to save a few moments for doing absolutely nothing. And meditating, if possible.

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    Dramatic Pancake — March 28, 2012 @ 12:50 pm

    I’m in! :) I have been feeling the same way lately and its terrible. I find myself trying to focus on so many things, I wind up losing out on ALL of them. Thanks for the reminder to appreciate each moment! I think we do need to keep reminding ourselves of this!

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    Natalie — March 29, 2012 @ 5:52 pm

    Much food for thought! And a lovely cat pic.

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