Being in the moment is something that I am not - and have not - always been great at. Part of what I believe makes me such a strong #powerbitch is my ability to plan and to put those plans in motion (yeah, I've shared tips before). But what happens when plans are in motion? Do I enjoy them?
So many simple moments in life pass us by because we are either A. too busy dwelling on the past or B. too obsessed with the payoffs of the future.
What about “the now”?
As one of my 2014 goals for myself, I have been actively choosing presence over planning – and I have to say, it does feel good!
I tend to do “being present” best when I am removed from my usual routines and environments (which I think is part of my draw to travel and frequent weekend getaways), so I decided to start there. We just spent a long weekend with friends on the mountain in Killington, Vermont – and I absolutely KILLED it on being present.
I set my intentions for the weekend on presence in the moment and, as always, gratitude. I enjoyed days without timelines or expectations, I fully embraced and enjoyed other’s company, and I found myself focused on the beauty of each and every moment. The payoff for my presence was a very full and happy heart as I walked away that weekend infinitely more rested, relaxed and refreshed.
As I reflect on the weekend's progress, I am surprised by how much more I enjoyed.
I enjoyed a Valentine’s car ride up to the mountain full of great conversation hand in hand with my guy – plus some Pandora station battles. (who likes Creed?)
I enjoyed the chilly wind on my face in the silence of a long (& frigid) chair lift ride up to the top of the mountain.
I enjoyed an acoustic band playing at the bar in the ski lodge – even singing and dancing around a bit [yes, in public!].
I enjoyed gliding down the mountain with sunshine on my face and stopping mid-run to marvel at the beautiful white view.
I enjoyed a chocolate covered waffle after smelling wafts of the decadent aroma while waiting on lift lines all day long (totally necessary and well-deserved after a full 2 days of boarding).
Bottom line – I enjoyed.
As I head back up to Killington for another long weekend and you head into your own weekend, I ask that you do so with your intentions set on presence over planning.
Gratitude in the present creates an amazing future. I repeat, gratitude in the present creates an amazing future. Feel me?
In this moment,