Join Cafe Gratitude for some Clearitude

Thanks to the Linchpin Meetup this past June, my blog and book reading list grew (in length and in value). One of the recommends was Jason Mraz’s blog and let me say thanks thanks thanks to the Linchpins that suggested drinking from his freshness.

This weekend’s awesome nugget was about Cafe Gratitude’s Question of the Day (I’ve signed up – have you?). But Cafe Gratitude was only part of the great find. The other part was this:

These ever-rotating series of questions are the very same questions used by the staff of Café Gratitude in the “clearings” held before every shift.

Clearing is a short process consisting of asking two or three questions to assist you in getting present – to release whatever's keeping you distant, distracted or having you be elsewhere other than this present moment.

Assist you in getting present.

Last week I kept mixing up the day of the week. On Monday I thought the next day was Friday. On Tuesday I thought the next day was Friday. On Thursday it felt like Friday. Then in the elevator on the way home on Friday night I realized the cause – I had not been living in the moment. I was so consumed by my hectic schedule, mentally racing ahead to the finish line (a webinar on Friday morning). What did I miss by not being in the present? What was it like to be around me last week?

I think this practice of clearing has arrived right when I need it. How do you shift your attention to the present?