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Moment to Moment

One Task at a Time

Focusing all of your energy on a single task is no small feat, especially in a culture of mobile technology and around-the-clock schedules. You work from home, answer phone calls on vacation and check e-mail at all hours. Society expects constant multi-tasking. You oblige because it seems there are not enough hours in the day to do it all. You want to be present for family and friends, and you also want a career, to volunteer and to take care of your health.

Although it seems like you are accomplishing so much in so little time, this kind of success has a cost. When the world becomes more about quantity than quality, your spiritual connection with others – and with yourself – is broken. If you aren’t giving 100 percent to the moment, it makes that person or commitment seem like it didn’t mean that much to begin with.

Instead of linking into the electronic world, sync up your mind and heart. The next time you are tempted to answer a call or read a text, stop and question its relevance to the moment. Envision how you are short-changing the experiences in which you are currently engaged and would be turning away from.

Reflect on each moment before racing ahead. While many things need to be done, they don’t all need to be done simultaneously. Assess each situation and choose the most important task. Then let go of the rest. You may choose to set a timer for a specific amount of time, then commit yourself to your task fully, remaining engaged and present until the timer determines you may move on.

By practicing the art of being present, you may notice over time that you are not as easily distracted by outside forces. By scaling back on your overactive mental to-do list, you will breathe easier, notice the environment around you and improve your relationships. And isn’t that what life is all about?

Amy Bevan
Freelance writer for Raising Maine magazine and The Kids Yoga Resource

RecommendED: Living Your Yoga: Finding the Spiritual in Everyday Life by Judith Lasater, PhD, PT


Anonymous commented on 06-Aug-2010 09:06 PM5 out of 5 stars

Awesome and needed for myself and many!

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