How often do we sit down to eat and even though our bodies are at the table, our minds are not. We race through our meals with our cell phone beside our plates as if it were an equally important piece of cutlery. Our minds constantly drift throughout the day, consumed with what’s coming up in our day, week, month… we completely miss what’s happening in the moment.
My wife and I were “playing” with our daughter one day when it hit me. We were both sitting on the floor beside our daughter as she assembled her blocks, Dora ( the explorer ) was shouting in the background and my wife and I were both fixated on our phones.
Is this what we want our daughter to remember? Were we sowing into our relationship with her? How much value did those 28 photos on Instagram/Facebook/Pinterest add to our lives?
At that point I realized a change was needed in my life. It’s been a few months since starting this practice and I’m far from perfect. I catch my mind wandering all the time still, but I’m getting better. Like meditation, being able to catch yourself and bring yourself back to the present moment is the first step.
I’ve learned a lot about being present the past few months, and I’d like to share this to help encourage other who are struggling.