What is a good way to stay rooted in the present moment?

CRG (@ganeshcr) 8 years, 3 months ago

Life offers many distractions. Our occupations, experiences and interactions leave lasting impressions through the day and even more so over the years. Granted, these do help a lot while making informed decisions and/or our judgment. I have come to a situation where I feel it is very important to stay focused in the present moment, a sort of tunnel vision to properly focus on whatever I have in front of me.

There is a certain ‘babbler’ which keeps on interfering, no matter the circumstance. This is not really a problem but I feel it would help better if I can dedicate all of my intellectual resources on the tasks in front of me and reserve planning for some other time of the day. Does anyone have any experience doing this, and if so would they mind sharing that with me.

Looking forward to any assistance.

Many thanks

July 2, 2014 at 12:46 pm
Mike Wuest (510) (@mikeyw829) 8 years, 3 months ago ago

Do you want tunnel vision, or to be rooted in the present moment? Those are like two opposite things.

If you want tunnel vision, just do a lot of things that stimulate left-brained oriented thinking. Stimulants would help that.

If you want to be in the present moment, you’re not narrowing your perspective. You’re broadening it. Pay attention to your breath, feel your body with your awareness. Pay attention to every sound and sight around you without labeling it.

CRG (5) (@ganeshcr) 8 years, 3 months ago ago

An interesting perspective. Thank you :-)

hirunnershigh (1) (@monkeysspago) 8 years, 3 months ago ago

I can’t say I have too much expertise on the topic, but I feel like meditation would help with this situation a lot. Meditation helps you recognize when distractions and mental noise disturb your focus, and it may help when you are performing work as well. If anything, work can be seen as a kind of productive meditation especially when it doesn’t require too much thought.

Of course thoughts still tend to creep in, and I often deal with that by asking myself why I am doing the task I am working on. If it is important, then it deserves all of my mental focus so I can complete it to the best of my ability. You have time during other parts of the day to sort out what you still need to get done and think about what you want. It helps to stay organized and record your thoughts so you don’t spend a lot of time trying to recall it and think about it throughout the day. If you set a schedule and know that you need to do x at time y, then you don’t need to think about it until then. By trusting yourself, you can lend all of your attention to the task at hand and remind yourself after the fact of what you need to still do.

Overall, my advice is to be organized. The less you have to constantly think about, the more intellectual focus you can have. Hope that helps!

CRG (5) (@ganeshcr) 8 years, 3 months ago ago

Hello hirunnershigh, thank you for sharing your thoughts. I have been meditating for a short time and these are some of the things I realised after going a bit further, about how I am letting my past and concerns of the future cloud my judgement.

You are right when you say I need to get more organised. Your thoughts are most helpful, thanks.

Marlon (97) (@shoeopener) 8 years, 3 months ago ago

You can try different breathing techniques. My ‘babbler’ (because I don’t know what to call it either) can stop when I try focusing my breathing as well as my thoughts simultaneously. For example I would stop breathing if I feel the interference and start again breathing from my stomach. It creates some tingling but calms your head and refreshes you. To make your goal being rooted isn’t a good idea, it creates resistance to your free flow of thoughts, the goal should be to be in control of them.

CRG (5) (@ganeshcr) 8 years, 3 months ago ago

That’s a very good breathing technique, thank you. I am a bit new to the concept of goal-setting and I am not entirely convinced by it for now, hence these doubts. I’ll take your thoughts into consideration as they make a lot of sense when you say they shouldn’t be rooted. Thanks again.

TheSeer (168)C (@drallarnnat) 8 years, 3 months ago ago

Realize the present moment is inescapable. There is no outside. Does it make sense to PUT EFFORT into doing something that is already there by default? No! So relax into it! No trying! :)

Ray (4) (@brainofmorbius) 8 years, 3 months ago ago

Deep meditation. That’s the most direct method. Once you develop the ability, you can go about your day to day activities in a state of focus on the now, as monks and yogi do…

I would also suggest simplifying your life as much as possible. Eliminate all those things that you find mediocre and inherently not worthy of your time. Turn off the TV. Don’t spend time with people you don’t really like. Experience nature. Develop some artistic talent. All of these things can quiet the mind and help to focus on the now. Its what I do anyway…

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