One day, I realized I drank 3 pots of coffee and never tasted any of it. I never experienced any of those cups of coffee. So, I made a point of: STOP and BE STILL. To mentally understand that I am about to drink coffee. Looked at the coffee and noticed the color, the ripples, the light dancing on it, any reflection. If I put cream in it I notieced how it swirled. Then I shut out everything but aroma. I focused on the coffees aroma. I even bought coffee beans and did not grind them at the store, just so I could experience the aroma.
It started there. I was so involved with my work, so focused that I was not experiencing Life. It was hard to remember to stop and be one with whatever -- rain, Christmas, whatever.
It was tough putting the utensils down and just sit looking at my dinner plate: food color texture aroma. Even fleeting moments of awareness made it easier.
Of course, I would get the questions: what ARE you doing? --I am being one with the coffee.
--Why?/ Are you nuts? --BECAUSE I drink 3 pots of coffee and never tasted a drop! Now, just let me have my moment, thank you.
--Trust me, after about 3 times, THEY got over it.
And it did not take long for the habit to sink in. I notice the tea, coffee, rain, stars, breeze.
Now, when I looked at those first few pages of this book, I could relate--I HAD MEMORY-SENSORY RECALL of the experience. And a lot of fun.
And a handy mental pick-me-up, if I need it.
That and I am compelled to make lists. Lots of them -over and over and over--same lists. I am vindicated.
What are you writing? - A list.
Don't you have enough lists already?
-They gave up on that too. --Oh She's making a list. Don't ask.