In our busy world where cell phones and PDAs keep us on schedule and tell us what day it is, it is easy to get caught up in the doing of life and forget the simple enjoyment of single moments. These five tips can bring you happiness and a return to the calmer life you once knew-and loved-and maybe yearn for now.
1. Make a point to stay in the present moment. Avoid thinking about your past and your future. You have all your appointments scheduled so you will not miss anything. Right now, take advantage of the gift of the present moment. Be here, fully present at 100%–mind and body.
2. When you are in transit from one place to another, notice the scenery, the people, Nature, other cars, etc. Realize that you often go places on automatic, in fact, in a trance. How often do you arrive at your destination with no recollection of how you got there? Escape the trance and take in every step of the journey from point A to point B.
3. Whatever you are doing in this moment, do it fully. If you are with someone, know that person is, right then, the single most important person in the whole world for you. Pay attention to what that persons says and does. Listen with all your being and participate fully in any conversation or action you do together. Forget about everything on your to-do list. You schedule time to be here now with this person. Honor that commitment for your sake as well as the other person.
4. Look at your world through new eyes. Find a new way to look at the same old thing. If you hold an object turn it around, upside-down. Look at it close-up and far away. Look for the minutest detail that you have never seen before. Behold the magic of taking the time to really look and see the ordinary things you pass by every day. And oh yes, listen to the ambient sounds,. Notice that you live in a symphony of every day sounds. Wow! So much to take in-when you let yourself be free to do so.
5. Pay close attention to your five senses today. When you taste something really taste it. Feel its texture on your tongue. Is it juicy or dry? Does it have a fragrance? What do you smell in the air? How does the sidewalk or carpeting feel under your feet? Really notice what you sense when you carefully run your fingers over items you usually handle quickly with no thought. Notice the contours, firmness-all the details that you never took the time to notice before.
Your world is a living museum of fascinating artifacts that you overlook as you rush about the world each day. Stop and take note of all the beauty that is yours-for the noticing. Ahh….