In her later years my mother endorsed Eckhart Tolle’s best seller, The Power of Now.
Peggy saw no reason for dawdling in the past and rehashing the Done. She grabbed each day – waking with the sun and attacking her projects – prepping for Bible teaching, planning the next party, volunteering at the day care center. In her immutable style, she was fond of saying, “You have to get off your ass”.
Tolle would agree. “Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have. Make the NOW the primary focus of your life.”
The Bible also speaks about living in the present. “Do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Today has enough trouble of its own.”
“THIS is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”
The latest buzzword for living in the present is “mindfulness”. And we retired Boomers have ample opportunity to practice this practice.
But first I have to admit – I am lousy at this. I have befriended anxiety; fear is my longtime pal. And my glass is usually half empty. God must look at me and sigh.
SO, in the interest of evoking a smile from God, I’m going to be intentional about living in the NOW. Want to join me? Here are some “tricks” offered by Health Line to reduce anxiety and promote mindfulness.
Set an Intention
“Setting an intention can help you focus and remind you why you are doing something. If something gives you anxiety — like a big speech at work — set an intention before it takes place. You can set an intention to take care of your body before heading to the gym or to treat your body with kindness before eating.”
Turn Household Tasks into a Mental Break
“Instead of obsessing over your to-do list or clutter, let yourself relax into the moment. Dance while you do the dishes or focus on the way the soap runs down the tiles while you clean the shower. Take five slow breaths while you wait for the microwave to stop.”
Wish Other People Happiness
“You only need 10 seconds to do this practice from author and former Google pioneer Chade-Meng Tan. Throughout the day, randomly wish for someone to be happy. You don’t have to tell the person, you just have to send the positive energy.”
The author of Health Line, Mandy Ferreira, also suggests we take walks, look up, pause at traffic lights, take a break from social media, lose our phones for a bit.
And then she adds an interesting point. We can actually feel anxious about not being mindful enough! She says that Netflix has its time and place. (Phew…I’d hate to forego the next season of the Bachelorette!)
So let’s channel Peggy and Eckhart and enjoy the gift of NOW – while we get off our asses.
Today’s Takeaway –
- Don’t let worry rob you of your NOW moments.
- Pick one trick and give it a go. I like the one about dancing while doing the dishes. No one’s looking. Well maybe my golden retriever, Codie, will turn away in horror.
Enjoy the ride!
xox Barclay and Joy