3. stay [LISTEN]: How did you stay in the moment this year?
In general, I am AWFUL about staying in the moment. I’m such a type-A planner aheader that my brain is almost ALWAYS a few steps, or a few years, ahead of my body. I have tried harder to stay in the moment this year though.
Traveling through Latin America we experienced so many amazing moments and saw so many stunning sights. It’s always easier to feel calm and present in gorgeous nature. Not having a cell phone to be constantly tweeting and instagraming on helped also.
This year I read Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, a book that talks a lot about presence. In one scene the characters are hiking and the narrator philosophizes about how on a hike, oftentimes you miss what’s there by fixating on what’s next. If you’re always anticipating getting to the next bend, the next summit, you’re missing the beauty of where you are! This resonated with me and after reading it, I tried extra hard to enjoy the moment while running and hiking, rather than anticipating the next mile, or the end.