how many things do you do at once? how many things are you thinking about at any given moment? what would happen if you focused on just one thing at a time?
example. you are sitting somewhere reading this blog. you are also having a snack, parenting, watching TV, cooking dinner, checking your texts, listening to the radio, flipping back and forth to facebook or email or whatever. just for today, try shutting down. prioritize. forget multi-tasking. give your best self to each activity you do, whether it's driving your car or folding your laundry.
**you don't need to do it all - and certainly nobody expects you to do it all at once.**
BE in each moment and give yourself to each movement totally and completely.
if you are with your friends, BE with your friends. leave your cell phone in your handbag or your pocket. whatever message is coming in can wait. don't let your friends feel like somebody's phone call or text is more important than them.
if you are with your kids, BE with your kids. the emails, the to-do list, the phone calls can wait. enjoy the beauty of the little people you created and revel in their laughter. see how welcoming they are to your full attention and love.
if you are at work, BE at work. give your best effort to the project at hand and break when you need to nourish your body or give your mind a healthy rest. take note of how much more productive you are when you dive into your job completely and shut out the riff-raff.
if you are driving, just drive. turn off the radio, turn off the phone, feel the steering wheel in your hands, watch the road, enjoy the view. give your mind a rest. feel the silence and take a deep breath. a quiet, warm car is one of my favorite places to be.
notice how different each activity feels and how much better you perform it when you cut out the white noise.
if you want to take it a step further, take 5 or 10 minutes to sit and BE. do it now if you can. turn off the electronics. stop talking. stop thinking. stop analyzing. stop worrying. quiet your mind. plant your feet firmly on the floor. feel how your body is connected to the earth. you are exactly where you are supposed to be.
peace, love, gratitude,