It’s aim is to bring you into the present, reduce your mind chatter and minimize tension caused from the past or imagined events in the future.
You can also use this technique during your massage to calm your mind.
A simple way to do this is to pick a task that you do every day. A good one is washing your hands.
- Then, every time during the day you wash your hands you practice it mindfully. That means that your feel the soap in your hands, the touch and smell of it, it’s texture, it’s shape and colour, it’s size, how it fits and feels in your hands.
- Then be mindful of turning on the tap, how the tap feels under your hands, the touch of your hand on the metal, whether it is cold, the point where your hand is in contact with the tap, how your hand feels when it turns.
- Then be mindful of the water over your hands, if its warm, how it feels, how it makes the soap feel, how your skin feels under the water, the way the soap changes and becomes slippery, the smell of the soap under the water, the movement of your fingers and hands, the sound of the water running in the sink.
- Then be conscious of putting down the soap and the clean water running over your hands, how you move your hands to rinse of the soap. And then be mindful of picking up the towel, how it feels on your skin, how it soaks up the water.
If you practice this every time you wash your hands you find after a little while that it is easy to bring yourself in the present any time during the day you need to.
For more information on living in the now Ekhardt Tolle has a great book The Power of Now and A New Awakening.