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Still Practicing Living In The Moment

Posted by terrepruitt on November 22, 2014

I sometimes think life is always trying to teach us lessons.  I admit that sometimes I am oblivious to the lessons.  But I also think that sometimes I can see them.  I also think that sometimes the lessons are a practice.  It is not as if I go through life, have something happen, see the thing I am supposed to learn and then – BAM!  I got it.  Lesson exposed, lesson learned, I’m good.  Nope.  Sometimes it is a practice.  Just like yoga and Nia or learning an instrument.  Continuous or multiple exposures helps you learn the art of it.  Last month I wrote about “The Art Of Letting Go“, where I went with a friend to an evening event called Paint Nite.  The idea is to paint something in two hours being led step-by-step by an artist.  My idea was to just let go.  To know that my painting was not going to look exactly like the original, but it would look like something.  It would bear a resemblance to the one I was taught to paint.  I liked it because it was blue.  Well, I have been doing things that remind me to concentrate and be in the moment.  Yes, I write about this often because it is something I need to be reminded of constantly.  I need to live in the moment.  I need to concentrate on what I am doing.  I need to enjoy what I am doing.  I need to fully sense and experience what I am doing.

I think my first post about this was me talking about brushing my teeth.  I stated that I brushed my teeth while doing a lot of different things — all the time.  I am better now.  I used to think that if I brush my teeth while doing something else I could save time, but what ended up happening was that I was concentrating on the other task so much so that I didn’t know if I brushed the upper left side so I would do it again.  Then wonder if I brushed the bottom right . . . the point is, I think I ended up brushing a lot longer because I was not concentrating on just brushing my teeth, than if I would have JUST brushed my teeth.  I am better at that now.  I start to step away from the sink and I remember that I will be done faster if I just get it done than if I go . . . do whatever.

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But I like this creation better than my last.  I learned so much from my first time, that I was able to do this one better, but I actually had the opposite problem.  I wasn’t using enough paint.  But I think — still not, sure it was the water I need more of.  Regardless, I learned some more and I really like this painting.  No, it is lacking the soft lines of the original, but I like it.

One of the other things I am doing that requires one to clear one’s thoughts is archery.  I wanted to see what shooting a bow was like.  I wanted to use a “regular” bow, but that is not the popular bow to shoot.  We were shooting one of those fancy things with what remind me of pulleys on each end.  We weren’t even using what they call a “recurve”.  Whatever bow you use the target is the target so learning how to get the arrow where you want it to go was the interesting part.  Not that my arrow always went where I wanted to go, but I was taught the premise.  But the instructor (Mike at Predator’s Archery) really emphasized concentration.  He shared his (award winning) techniques regarding targeting and shooting the arrow, but he emphasized again and again how you have to concentrate.  And you might be surprised on what you concentrate on, but that is not the point of this post, the point is you have to not think about distracting things.  Live in the now and focus on the task at hand.

Focusing and concentrating really goes a long way in getting things done.  We are always multitasking because that is just how life is.  In most situations you cannot not think about more than one thing, but sometimes just DOING one thing really helps you get it done quick and with focus so that you can move on to the next thing.  Things like to have your undivided attention.  I will continue to practice focus, concentration, and living in the now even though the world around me as a whole thinks I need to do fifty things at once in order to be productive.

What do you thing?  Do you think that less can be more?  Do you think sometimes if you just do ONE thing (instead of multitasking) you can get it done faster and better?


8 Responses to “Still Practicing Living In The Moment”

  1. I love your painting! Sorry you took a drink of paint water though! HA! I’m a multi-tasker, too. While brushing my teeth, I’m putting water in the electric teapot, I’m putting dishes away that are in the dish rack. I find at the office though I have to slow down and stay focused. I also have to make lists of things that need to be done; if I don’t, things get forgotten. The Art of Letting Go is a continuous process. I used to think that once I let something go, that was it. Victory! But it is not so. I’m having lots of fun staying in the moment, guiding meditation classes, teaching Reiki classes, teaching Nia classes and working at The Nutman. I’m grateful for all of life’s lessons. I’m grateful for YOU!!


    • Thanks. I like it, too. I like it much better than the first one. But I learned a lot from the first time. I learned a lot from this time, too, but the first time helped with this one. I am sorry I took a sip of paint water, too! It was especially funny because my friend almost did it so I said out loud, “Don’t drink the paint water.” And I ended up doing it!

      I had not thought of it, but you are right that letting go is a continuous process. I will have to examine that further. I know that there are different things presented that are let go, but I guess there could be a practice of the same things. Hmmmm . . . . . interesting. Thanks.

      And thanks, I am grateful for you! Love you! XOXO


  2. Sonja said

    Send me a few painting pix Sonja


  3. I really like your painting. Nice reminder, as I do things so much better when I focus & do one thing at a time. I don’t always remember to do this, however!


    • Thanks. I like it too, however, it does have a few “issues” when compared to the original. 🙂 I am often being reminded to concentrate. It is so challenging where there is so much going on and so much to do. So many thing requiring our attention and so many things to distract us. It makes sense that we don’t remember.

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  4. Some people claim meditation is a productivity tool that helps us become more effective by focusing on just one thing. I find that when I feel overwhelmed, it’s more useful to hone in on one task rather than trying to tackle them all, and the easiest way for me to do this is by tuning into my breath. So I believe that focusing on the one task at hand makes for time well spent.


    • Yes, meditation is helpful for some! And YES (!) when I am overwhelmed I have to hone in also, sometimes I just repeat saying the one task so that I am focused on it and not the big picture, then as the one task is near completion and I feel less overwhelmed I can take more in. Breath is a lovely way to focus!


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