As part of my Living in the Now course, I ask each group to choose together any daily activity, eg a shower/bath, to use as a practice for using their senses to come into the now.
This morning as I reached for my towel after a shower, I realized I had been ‘absent’ for the duration of the shower! I don’t remember where I was (planning my breakfast, composing a shopping list, thinking about yesterday’s conversation with a friend??), but I had washed myself on auto-pilot. I hadn’t smelt the fragrance of the soap nor felt the soothing wonder of warm water washing over me. No present moment awareness whatsoever! Because I have to be careful taking down the towel so a not to hook it on a metal projection, that woke me up.
How sad that we spend so much time in a state of ‘waking sleep’ (Chapt 1, Living in the Now by Jill Jacques, on Amazon) that we miss what’s happening right here, right now – all the beauty and wonders of creation laid out before us. And the pleasure of a hot shower rather than random thoughts about past and future!!
Be here now, rather than there then.
We miss so much of the present moment