“I’ve learned how to be in the present”
“How?” Asked the boy
“I find a quiet spot and shut my eyes and breathe”
“That’s good, and then?”
“Then I focus.”
“What do you focus on?”
“Cake” said the mole.
True confessions time. When I’m in yoga, trying to clear my mind, I may not think about cake, but I do contemplate having a lovely London Fog at the café next to the studio when class is over. It’s usually when I am really uncomfortable, experiencing the full force of my cardboard stiff body that I allow my mind to drift to more pleasant things.
It’s normal not to think about the things that are uncomfortable. When we are at work doing uncomfortable tasks, that’s an essential skill. Knowing how to unpack it at the end of the day, though, is often a skill that needs to be developed.
Belinda Seagram, Ph.D., R. Psych.
Executive Director, Landing Strong