An interesting thing happened this morning as I was sitting quietly on my yoga mat trying to slow down the chaos that is my brain. It seems as though the morning and night time are when my thoughts decide to go into overdrive. So, I have been trying to spend atleast 5 minutes every morning, sitting quietly before diving into the day. As usual, this morning I was having a difficult time not focusing on the research paper I need to finish today or the many blog ideas that keep popping up. I was trying to not focus on all this as well as tune out the construction guys across the street who are loudly drilling holes in the road when it occurred to me, this moment is all I have right now. This minute, this second is it. I have zero control over what happens 30 seconds from now because it is in the future. How much happier, not to mention more productive, would I be if I focused on the very moment that I am living in rather than the next 2,000 moments? This seems like such an obvious conclusion to come to, but how many of us are really mindful of this fact in our daily lives? As someone who suffers with occasional (make that very occasional) anxiety, worrying about future events that have yet to occur is a habit I am all too familiar with. No matter how much I worry, plan, control and prepare for the moments ahead, I am still in the present moment. What if we simply just did our best in the present and hoped it would benefit our future? Isn’t that really all we can do? Do our best in the present and hope for the best in the future? Again, this seems like an obvious aha! moment but actually being aware of this, could eliminate a great deal of our daily anxieties and suffering.
It sounds like a tagline for another bad reality tv show, right? Well, this week I have decided to take on the challenge. I have noticed recently just how much time is wasted sitting in front of the television. I have become one of those girls I despise in that I became a fan of this season’s Bachelor. I know, don’t judge. I don’t feel good about it either. The worst part is that it is on for TWO hours and some weeks it airs two episodes. I’m ashamed.
So yesterday, after evaluating all of the work I needed to get done this week, I came to the rather obvious conclusion that I might actually accomplish it all without the loud box on. So that is what I am doing. I am proud to say that I did not watch last night’s Bachelor (although I admit I did look up online who he kicked off..baby steps here, people).
Those two hours I would have spent tuned into my tv set to watch what is most likely a staged reality show, I spent catching up with my mom on the phone and even face timed with my brother. It got me wondering what else I could accomplish this week? For one, this post probably wouldn’t be written this early as I most likely would be watching Live with Kelly right now. So this is progress!
I dare anyone else to shut off the t.v. Even if it is just for one day. The effects are pretty amazing and kind of addicting. I have gotten use to the quiet and knowing that reality shows won’t be a temptation this week, pulling me away from my work.
I will keep you posted on how it works out! Have a great one 🙂