To begin, I would like to share a couple of quotes from Thich Nhat Hanh’s book,Moments of Mindfulness.
The first is:
Yesterday is already gone,
Tomorrow is not yet here,
Today is the only day
available to us.
It is the most important day
of our lives.
And the second:
Each step brings you
to the best moment of your life,
the present moment.
I share these thoughts from Thich Nhat Hanh as a reminder to slow down, pause, reflect and be mindful amidst the “hustle and bustle” of the holiday rush.
Following is a quick activity you can do to help you remember to stay in the present moment. This activity was pulled from Rohan Gunatillake’s Mindfulness Cards.
The distractions of modern life pull our attention in a dozen directions; so, becoming distracted and losing track of mindfulness is natural. If you find yourself overwhelmed by distractions, ask yourself, “Where is my mind now?” This can be a very effective way to bring you back into present awareness. Try repeating this phrase when you find your attention bouncing around. Over time, you will start to learn a great deal about where your mind wanders to when left to its own devices😊.
I hope this mindfulness activity helps you stay in the “here and now” and truly enjoy all the wonderful experiences this holiday season has to offer.