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Reflections of the Week


2014-05-17 10:11 (comments: 0)

I live directly next to a nice hiking trail and often observe people walking or athletes passing by. Today a woman who was dressed in a sporting outfit and walking briskly was talking non-stop on her cell phone as she passed by. She got me thinking - especially because on her way back, she was still on the telephone!

Is „multi tasking“ a blessing or a curse? The term simply means that one can accomplish several tasks at the same time. Often women are ascribed such an ability. As mentioned above, this woman was walking briskly on the trail on her way to doing some sports activity, and at the same time, she completed one or more phone calls. My first thought was: “even if this woman seems so very busy and likely has little time for health and sports, she takes the time and even completes necessary tasks like phone calls - very effective!” Then my second thought came: “is she really that effective?”. How well was she training her body when the mind was elsewhere? Sport is about tension and relaxation... does she even register when she tenses up, and then relaxes? Does she ever even relax when she is immersed in a call at the same time? Where are we really, when we are outdoors engaging in a sporting activity and holding a conference call at the same time?

What do you do at the same time? Do you often have business dinners? How healthy do you eat, and how conscious about that are you really? Later on, do you actually remember the dinner, what you ate, and how it tasted? Do you often make phone calls while you are cooking, or writing e-mails on the side? What do you do when you are driving a car? The most interesting thing I ever saw was a man with a cigarette and coffee in his hands, a cell phone pinned between his head and shoulder and a PC on his lap - all while maneuvering city traffic…

How immersed or distracted are you living your own life? You can really only enjoy something when you are actually taking conscious note of it. I desire for you to live more in the here and now, and really enjoy your life with all your senses!

What are your thoughts around Multi Tasking? How successful are you with that or with being in the present moment? Leave a message for us in this Blog


Life is a succession of moments. To live each one is to succeed.

 Corita Kent


Now is the only time. How we relate to it creates the future. In other words, if we're going to be more cheerful in the future, it's because of our aspiration and exertion to be cheerful in the present. What we do accumulates; the future is the result of what we do right now.

 Pema Chodron



Life can be found only in the present moment. The past is gone, the future is not yet here, and if we do not go back to ourselves in the present moment, we cannot be in touch with life.

 Thich Nhat Hanh

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