I have just returned from a short trip to San francisco, something I can easily do now being on the west coast. It was my first solo trip since my son was born, and the first day I was prone to many teary moments. In the end it was so amazingly good for me to do, and i return feeling recharged. I had a bit of an epiphany while traveling that I thought I might share with you. The simplicity of this will surprise you, but the results of my experiment with it were quite profound. After completing the following exercise for many hours I felt calm, relaxed and totally in the moment. So here it is:
Do one thing at a time.
I realize how much of our day is spent multitasking, checking email, doing dishes, talking on the phone, racing from place to place, doing chores, etc. All at once. But when you make the conscious decision to just do one thing at a time it causes you to pay more attention and be more present in you body and in the world. The experiment was not without it’s challenges. I found myself wanting to read while I ate and check email. Though I really enjoyed consciously crunching my ice while drinking some juice on the plane (I am an avid ice cube cruncher).
I know this will be hard to achieve when i am back into my regular routing, and having a toddler makes it necessary to multitask if you want to get anything done. But I am going to continue the experiment and try to work at it throughout the day. I think it is worth it for the sense of calm that it creates.