Presence

by Tom Swift

3. Focus on the here and now. Self 1 won’t be at peace unless it does something useful — and that can be observing and monitoring the performance of Self 2. Concentrate on what is happening rather than on what you fear or hope will happen. When you’re skiing, for example, be aware of how your feet feel as your edges bite into the hill, instead of thinking about falling. “Anxiety is fear about what may happen,” [Timothy] Gallwey writes. “But when your attention is on the here and now, the actions that need doing have the best chance of being accomplished.”

-Samuel A. Schreiner, Jr., “How to Do Better at Almost Everything (by Not Really Trying), Reader’s Digest (1982)