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4B Mar, 13. 2010 Mountain Messenger- The Weekend Paper for the Greenbrier Valley The Mindful Family By Charlton Hall, MMFT, LMFT-I Focusing on One Thing at a Time t I love grapes. I can nibble on them all day long. There *have been times when I have 0een engaged in other ac- J , tiVities while eating grapes. I may be sitting at the com- puter, typing away, blissfully chewing grapes. As I munch i! way, with my attention on jl the computer and not on the -grapes, I am sometimes sur- prised and disappointed to -i-balize that I have eaten the last one. On those occasions when I&apos;ve eaten the last grape Without realizing that it was the last one, the thought that came to mind was, "If I had known that I was eating the last one, I would have en- joyed it more!" (/! What is it about knowing ,hat I'm about to eat the last grape that makes eating it . more enjoyable? That partic- ular grape isn't going to taste t < any different from the rest of !i; .the ones in the bowl. What makes the experience of the last grape different and more enjoyable is the fact that I i have focused all of my atten- t tion on enjoying it, because it is the last one. !l What if wecould learn to make every grape the "last" me? oJ Singer/songwriter Ray Charles once said, "Live every -day as if it will be your last, because one of these days, you're going to be right." What ff you knew that to- day would be your last day on Earth? What would you do differently? How would you respond to those around you? What would you say to your loved ones? Would you treat them any differently if you knew that this might be the last time you would ever see them? What would be different about your "to do" list? Would your priorities change if you knew that this was your last day?. Looking at your life from this perspective tends to help you focus on what's really important. If you could re- ally live up to the idea that today may be your last day on Earth, it would probably cause you to slow down and enjoy each experience that comes your way. Each day could be "the last grape." The ability to do this is what practitioners of Mind- fulness call "Mindful Aware- ness." Mindful Awareness is the skill of focusing on one thing at a time. It is the abil- ity to make each grape "the last grape." It is also the abil- ity to enjoy each day of our lives as ff it were the last one. Mindful Awareness teaches us that the way to live every day as if it will be your last, is to focus on the moment, savoring every bit of every experience the world has to offer. Charlton Hall is a Licensed Marriage and Family Thera- py Intern and the Director of the Mindful Ecotherapy Or- ganization (www.mindfuleco- Contact him at chuck@mindfulecotherapy. org. GREENBR ER CH ROPRA 3"C CEN"ER, NC ii; Greenbrier  Pulmonology Richard R. Durham, D.O., EC.C.P. 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