Driving through bad weather is one of the very few things in my life that has both released my mind from mundane thoughts of everyday existence while concentrating my focus “on the moment.” On our way to Las Vegas (yes, we drove) we were delayed because of a blizzard in Flagstaff, AZ. I-40 was closed from Winslow to Flagstaff, so we had no choice but to get a hotel and wait it out. We arrived at our destination a half day behind schedule. It really didn’t register that I had no idea what the actual day was, or the date. The intense mental focus needed to keep the truck on the road had erased my normal awareness of time and space.
I had committed to keep my wake-sleep cycle the same (or as close as possible) as at home. That is going well, but still getting my mind and senses wrapped around the day and date is catching up.
How does that relate to anything to do with the practice of Chiropractic, or the care of my patients?
- Staying in the moment seems to be more critical to a “life full of days and days full of life” than I previously thought.
- Staying in the Moment… Present Time Consciousness… Focus… all are a common theme in what I do and teach.
- I cannot be an effective Chiropractor or an effective TaeKwonDo teacher or an affective teacher if I am not “in the moment” and intensely aware of myself, my patient, or my students there with me.
- I cannot give effective care if I am not focused on that patient right there in the room with me if I am not completely wholly mentally emotionally intellectually there with them.
- I cannot be an effective martial arts teacher, or a safe one, if I am not totally focused on the students in my care.
- If I am not completely wholly entirely into a teaching opportunity I cannot be affective with my content.
How important is it for you to be focused, intensely aware, entirely ‘into’ what you are doing, right here, right now?