It is easy to get caught up in reliving old memories or anticipating or worrying about the future. It is much harder to become fully present in every moment of every day, and yet that is where God promises to meet us, not in the past, not in the future, but in the present.
Trevor Hudson (Discovering Our Spiritual Identity, p. 172), offers three basic habits to assist us in giving ourselves totally to the present moment.
- Take one thing at a time. Say goodbye to multitasking. Focus on what you are doing, the person in front of you. There is nothing more important than what is right in front of you. Just do one thing at a time.
- Focus on the immediate task, no matter how mundane or trivial it may seem. If you are washing dishes, become aware of the temperature of the water, of the consistency of the pan, of the slipperiness of the soap, of the texture of the dishrag. Tune your senses into what is right in front of you and nothing else.
- Trust that God’s grace and power are available to you in the present moment. Let go of the troubles of the past. You cannot change them. Let go of the worries about the future. Trust God to sort them out. Ask God to become present in the here and now, trusting that all that was and all that is yet to be is also held in God’s mercy and grace.
As you practice becoming fully present, what do you notice? How do you feel in your body? What is happening in your relationship with God as you become more present to him? What is happening in your relationship with other people as you become more present to them?