We have all heard the phrase “Live in the Moment.” So often, people may ask, “How do I live in the moment?” or “What does it mean to live in the moment?” Well, you become present. Let me elaborate.
We often tend to hold on to the past or worry about the future. This can only be stifling, holding you back from being “Present.” It also makes it more difficult for you to enjoy the good things in life. It can also prevent you from gaining a greater appreciation for all your blessings, affecting your life ~ and your well-being. Let’s break it down:
- When you live in the past, you live your life the way you always have, perhaps holding you back from trying new things.
- You hear the personal mind chatter, which causes regret, worry, sadness, anger, or stress, leaving no room for happiness. When you hold on to these emotions, it causes them to fester within.
- Living with the mind chatter can also cause you to hold on to ill beliefs and illusions, which may or may not be accurate, making you second guess yourself by asking “What if?” or ‘If only.”
- Worrying or stressing about tomorrow, there are always reminders or alerts preparing for your next appointment or event.
These few points above keep you oscillating between what you’ve already done and what needs to be done instead of being immersed in the present moment.
Living in the now, or being fully present, means being aware and mindful of what is happening around you. When focused on the present moment, you can experience the full extent of what life offers you, accepting it without distractions or judgment and beholding gratitude for what’s coming your way. When you’re mindful of what’s in front of you, you gain an appreciation for your life.
Here are a few suggestions on how to become present. While reading this, please know that this process can take time to transition, so please be gentle and patient with yourself.
- A gentle yet mindful meditation
- Nature walk
- Practice gratitude
- Find moments of stillness, and just “be”
- Sit quietly and notice your surroundings, things that you may not always pay attention to
- Deep Breathing exercises
- Take a break from your mobile devices and social media.
- Focus on one thing at a time
Having conscious awareness and the commitment to staying in the “now,” not dwelling on the past or worrying about the future, will help you focus on those “now” moments.” It’s so easy to allow our minds to wander, losing the opportunity to experience the present moment fully. Remember that the “present” is a gift of time. Embrace it!
Through stillness, you can enter a place of grace ~ your most intimate sanctuary of the soul ~
~ Dr. Jill Lee ~
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