As I was running today, it occurred to me how changing my focus of attention, while doing something challenging (like running!), altered the difficulty and pleasurablilty of my experience. As I pondered the following actions, I found the time and distance whoosh away.
I am definitely going to use the S.L.O.W. acronym to help me remember to:
S: Savor the interesting moments; learn how to stay and steep in the tiny moments of pleasure that are often interspersed with moments of pain and difficulty.
L: Linger.. linger in beauty and curiosity. Turn your attention to that beautiful tree with the fiery red leaves and let your eyes linger there. Wonder how long those colors will remain before winter comes along.
O: Observe openly and often: not just with your eyes, but with all of your senses. Today I will breathe in the aroma of the amazing food cooking in the kitchen. I may even go outside and come back in to exaggerate the incredible smell of deliciousness.
W: Witness and notice more often the growth in your life or yourself. Maybe, like me, you aren’t the fastest runner out there, but you are making progress toward your health. Take the time to give yourself the props you would give a beloved friend.
What acronyms help you stay present and find more meaning in your life?