Paying Attention: Being in the Present Moment

Many years ago I attended a weekend conference with many amazing speakers including Gunilla Norris. Her book of meditations, Being Home, takes daily routines such as making the bed, reading the newspaper and cooking supper and helps us to rediscover those moments and the meaning that they hold. She discovered that it began to help her live more consciously. “Slowly, the most ordinary of days will start to become transparent, to shine with meaning.” With the pace of your everyday life, these passages may be helpful in simply creating an awareness of how to have more presence in the present moments of your day.

In the 7 day memory fitness program, Tuesday is the day to focus on paying attention. Can you change your pace and increase your ability to notice where you are, what you are saying and doing? Sometimes we become our “to do” list. In her book, The Zen of Listening, Rebecca Safir suggests that we get mindful.

Choose some activities that you normally rush through, like cleaning up the house, making a meal, or driving somewhere and apply mindfulness. Get all your senses involved. Take each activity and for as long as it takes you to complete the task, experience what you are doing, seeing, and feeling. Spend a moment in gratitude for the ability to be able to do those everyday tasks independently.

Throughout the day, take a break and enjoy the fullness of the moment, leaving negativity, judgment and hurrying behind as a way to improve your ability to focus and pay attention, one of the most important keys to memory fitness.

The quality of one’s life depends on the quality of attention.  Whatever you pay attention to  will grow more important in your life. Deepak Chopra

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About Kathryn Kilpatrick

Kathryn Kilpatrick received her Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 1968 from the University of Massachusetts. She has worked in a variety of settings, primarily in Ohio, including hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and for decades in the area of home health care. Kathryn is president of Memory Fitness Matters (www.memoryfitnessmatters.com) and Communication Connection(www.connectionsincommunication.com). She offers memory coaching for all ages and has a geriatric consulting practice. She is a national motivational speaker and author of more than 30 products to enhance communication and connection as well as a Memory Fitness Toolkit. Kathryn brings her decades of experience as a speech-language pathologist to all those wanting to enhance their quality of life, particularly when there are communication, memory and cognitive challenges. Her websites offer information on a wide variety of topics related to elder care concerns as well as memory fitness and successful aging.
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