Saturday, August 25, 2007

Remembering to Notice

One of the first tenets of Zen Buddhism is awareness:  noticing.  But Noticing is hard work.  I am having a problem with noticing in simple areas of my life.  Pills for example.  If I take the same pill three times a day every day, one time blends into the next.  I can't remember if I've taken one at a given meal.  I've tried logging them, but I can't remember if I took them to log them.  I shake the bottle to bring my attention to what I'm doing.  I turn the bottle upside down.  I'm afraid I'm getting senile and will have to get one of those pill things with 5 times a day to take pills that my Mom had.  I should have taken hers when she died.

Right now, I am noticing that even though it's hot and muggy outside, my bare feet are cold in here.

4 comments:

Nadine said...

I find that if I think about taking whatever pill, then I had better take it right then. Because after that moment, I will have trouble remembering if I actually took it or if I just thought about taking it.

BerryBird said...

Getting one of those pill boxes wouldn't be such a terrible thing, would it? Have you tried setting up designated spots on the shelf for the bottles, so they would always sit in the spot of when you need the next dose? i.e, take the pill in the am, and move the pill bottle to the midday spot, something like that.

hpy said...

Get a pill box!

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

Thank you Nadine, Berrybird, and hpy for your kind and thoughtful comments. I've put a pill box on my to-buy list. (I've already tried moving the bottle around--doesn't work for me.) I have that same problem with the link between thought and action, Nadine! AK!