Just This: A Practice for Enjoying This Moment

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I rarely am where I am, and I'm tired of missing out.

I want to share with you a simple practice that helps me enjoy what I'm doing - to be present -  whether in conversation, finances or life in general.

A few years ago I was in a meeting in D.C. with Joshua DuBois, who led the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships under President Obama and was called the President’s “Pastor-in-Chief” by TIME Magazine. "How do you maintain sanity and a sense of well-being given your immense responsibilities to the President and country?" one person inquired. His answer: "Bible before Blackberry."

I do not do Bible before Blackberry, and not just because I gave up the Blackberry because, well, Apple. I don't do Bible before Blackberry because the first thing I do when I roll over is check my home screen on my phone. Did I miss anything important? Any pressing e-mails? Anything on social? The answer to the social question is always, "Yes." Yes, I just learned that #BoycottNRA is blowing up, the US #curling team struck gold and that Mashable just featured a coat that can either cool or warm you by the push of a button (it's ugly; don't bother). Also, cats. Lots of cats.

My brain has been wired to crave the next input and I'm trying to lay some new fiber here. Perhaps like me, you're often not where you are. You're out in front, thinking about how something important might play out. How will you pay that bill? How will that investment pay off? How will you afford college for your children? What about tomorrow's meeting?

I'm working on something here, and I'd like to share it with you. It's a simple meditation that I try to bring my attention to when I'm feeling distracted or overwhelmed.

Just this.

When my mind begins to wander off, I gently welcome it back. Just this. Just this cup of coffee. Just this moment with my daughter. Just this view of the car in front of me. Just this next cast of the lure. Just this conversation.

It's difficult to focus on Just This as my thumb swipes up and up and up to the next post where I am allowing someone else to control my Just This. There is no Just This on social media. It's always Something Else. Social isn't the enemy, but it can lead to living in a world that is hardly real and never really enjoyed.

If you enjoy social media as I do (likely how you discovered this post?), be mindful of what you're doing. But wherever you are, and especially in the area of your finances, consider this little meditation: Just This. You somehow arrived at this moment and God is with you as you enter the next. Focusing on Just This helps you to not be anxious about tomorrow.

Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
— Jesus in Matthew 6

Do you have a practice that helps you be in the moment?

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