I’m very distracted today. It is not a “live in the moment” kind of day for me. I am anticipating my vacation. I am looking forward to working some more on organizing my house. I am imagining what it will be like to drive cross country with my son.
This translates to a fairly unproductive day at work and a general dis-ease with having to sit in my office all day long waiting to go home so that I can do something. Something that I learned through my journey of the last couple of years is to complete a “check in” with myself to bring my attention back to here and now. If I do a check in with myself it looks like this:
Body – Temperature is comfortable, belly is full, I’m feeling a little “antsy” in my chair – wiggling around, neck is stiff
Mind – distracted, looking forward, uneasy, wandering
Heart – full and delighted, light and energetic
Soul – peaceful, at home
By checking in, you ask yourself to pay attention to the four aspects of your being: body, mind, heart and soul. It is important to pay attention to what you are feeling just as you check in. Even as you check in, you are changing. You may get relief from a cramp that you noticed, you may notice some sadness slipping into your consciousness. Nothing lasts but it is useful to check in and notice what’s happening now to bring your attention to the present moment.
Take a breath. Close your eyes. Check in. How are you feeling……right now?