Be fully present in the moment. This can be a tall order as we go mindlessly through our daily routines. We may drive on auto pilot and wonder how we got to our destination. We think about and solve the world’s problems while doing dishes, vacuuming or folding clothes. Sometimes we daydream as our loved ones tell us about their day.
One thing I’ve discovered while vacationing in Hawaii is a sure-fire way to stay focused in the present. Take a hike!
I told my friend Sandi O., who said, “I don’t know why anyone would want to HIKE!” that hiking, in addition to being great exercise, is a wonderful way to be a part of nature. Unimaginably beautiful views await the hiker. “It’s fun!” I said with conviction.
Now I would add that hiking keeps me in the here and now. Realizing that one false move could be disastrous, I scan the trail a little ahead and then concentrate on each step between me and there. I look for the easiest way to traverse a rocky or root-filled path and notice gravel and slippery spots that I’ll want to avoid. No other thoughts intrude; there is no daydreaming. My motivation is staying upright and safe, and I am fully in the present moment.
In two days here on Kaua’I, Judy and I have done two challenging hikes, the Sleeping Giant and the Pihea Trail in Koke’e State Park.
In addition to feeling the pride of accomplishment and experiencing these amazing natural settings, I recognize that staying in the moment is something I need to do more regularly.
How do you stay present in the moment? I’d love for you to share how you do this.