Objective: Focusing on the Present, Part 1 of 2
The SfI-Practice naturally leads to focusing more on the present moment. We begin to capture positive moments as they are happening which increases the intensity of the positive feelings as well as the likelihood of carrying them with us throughout the day.
|Notes on Practice
|In “Focusing on the Present, Part 1,” you will hear Jerald give an example of keeping his attention in the present moment throughout the cooking of his breakfast. You will hear him articulate his changing thoughts and feelings. When we practice present-moment awareness, it is important to be accepting of whatever arises. Our flow of experience is a mix of positive and negative reactions.
The practice you have been doing–recalling positive moments and articulating strengths–will help you be comfortable with being in the present moment regardless of whether you find it agreeable or disagreeable. You will know that a positive moment will come along. As Jerald says in the video, “I like the sweet yogurt better, and I know I will buy it the next time.”
We don’t want to be stuck in a negative reaction. This is the point. The negativity bias tends to get us stuck by telling us our negative reactions are important and meaningful when they aren’t any more important than our positive reactions. In fact, our positive reactions are more likely to be useful to us, causing us to feel better and make better choices.
|Try a period of being fully focused on whatever it is you are doing, without letting your mind flit off to something else. What do you notice?
“When your total attention is on what you are doing, you are not aware of much else, and that is a good thing.”
“We are leveraging your certainty that there are positive moments into present-moment focus.”