Yesterday, counting to ten was critical to my success and enjoyment.
I am embarrassed to admit that yesterday my husband and I went for a massage that he gifted me… 17 months or two anniversaries ago…
I laid down on the massage table and felt my heart speed up instead of slow down. My mind started to go into hyper speed. I wasn’t worried about my daughter, I knew she was in a safe place. Then I realized… I was worried I wouldn’t remember how to relax.
My ‘me’ time normally consists of physical activities like running, crafting, team sports.. I get a real sense of revitalization from those activities. I have limited practice with being pamper, and as those who know me, am not terrific at being still (something I am striving to work on in 2015).
As the to-do’s ran through my brain on the massage table, I committed to myself that I was going to be in the moment remembering Killingsworth’s research.
I told myself (in my most firm Mamma voice) that I was going to count to ten, after ten, I was going to take a deep breath and focus on the moment until the lights were switched on again.
Sixty minutes later I felt amazing, and even talked to my husband about doing it on a regular basis.
Thanks to my Mamma for helping me add the 4, then 5, then 7 and finally 8. Counting to ten was paramount to yesterday's success at staying in the moment.
What techniques do you use when you want to focus on the moment?