Take the Moment-Is Challenge

Many of us are WAY TOO BUSY to spend a lot of time on personal development but yet are desperate to find better ways to be more connected with ourselves, our children and our world.  So we at Clare Consulting Group have developed the Moment-Is Challenge.

For the next 30 days we are asking you to set aside 5 minutes each day to be “in the moment“.

1.  Set your alarm for a specific time that you will put aside 5 minutes for you (Some suggestions include a) when you are in the shower, b) when you first get into your office before you start your computer, c) when you are making dinner, d) eating lunch, e) getting the kids ready for bed f) lunch time or coffee break (if you take these).  This does not mean you have to stop everything you are doing, you just set the intention for a specific focus of being in the moment for the 5 minutes.

2. When you are ready to dedicate this time for you, set your timer for 5 minutes. This insures that you are not concerned about going overtime and you can truly focus on the task at hand.

3. Take 3 deep intentional breaths into the solar plexus (half way between the belly button and the rib cage). With your eyes closed

Breathe in for the count of 5,

Pause,

Breathe out for the count of 5.

When you do this, really focus your attention to the area around the solar plexus and try to envision the breath getting right to the solar plexus.

This takes your attention away from any outside stressors and helps you calm down your body.

4. Now allow your breath to flow easily in and out through your lungs while you continue being in the moment. Notice any sensations in your hands and feet.  Really focus on how your body feels in this moment.

5. Pay close attention to the sounds around you.  It may be the shower water running, the kids playing (or arguing) in the background, your computer hum etc….

6. Pay close attention to the things that you see around you. Breathe in the sights and the sounds.  Be with the sensations of the moment until the timer goes off.

7. When the timer goes off, take a deep intentional breath in for the count of 5 and out for the count of 5. Smile and know you have just taken 5 minutes for you and did it within the busyness of your day.

8.  How did you feel? Each time you make the commitment to take those 5 minutes, you are beginning to develop a habit of taking care of yourself  “in the moment”.

Please let me know what you notice about this exercise.

How you are doing with your 5 minute commitment? The key to remembering to do this is setting your alarm clock and scheduling into your day. If you are doing this when you get up in the morning and are having a shower, put a little note on your mirror to breathe.

PLEASE

Be gentle on yourself if you do not remember

When you realize you are not in the moment – you are

Have fun with this.

I look forward to hearing your comments.

Gerrianne

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8 Comments on “Take the Moment-Is Challenge”


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  2. Sylvie Says:

    This is wonderful advise. I personally spend much more than 5 minutes a day in the moment. I live for the moment and have done so most of my life.

    I’ve often wondered why people’s expectation of life are so high, I belive life is great, especially if you can learn to be happy with the moment.

  3. Kerry McLean Small Says:

    Gerrianne,
    Had a quick look..the tips are great..hah,sounds like you work at Mental Health & Addictions! Familiar with the information, but always good to hear it again through another source. Hope work is going well for you! Take care,
    Kerry


  4. During my 20s, self awareness and “in the moment” were simply part of my lifestyle. Then during 20 plus years of working in the health care field, caring for ageing parents, and raising a family; “in the moment” became, in the past. This was a good little reminder to take a moment more regularily.


  5. If only I had a nickel for every time I came here… Incredible article!


  6. Wow I am actually the only comment to your awesome article!?


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