We all need to live in the present moment. Living in the moment is a state of intentional attention on the present. With the digital age as such, it is today, our intention to attention has suffered for most. We are not perfect. I too get caught up in the busyness. Instead of letting your life go by, I encourage you to truly experience life in an awakened state.
Mindful people are happier. They have higher self-esteem and are more empathetic. The mindset here is a shift to appreciation. This is our ONE life. Focus less on what’s going on in your mind. Shift the focus to the joy in each situation…each moment. Stepping away from the noise gives us the opportunity to dream and be creative.
The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.” – Buddha
So, how can we practice being present?
1. A small regular practice – If you don’t already meditate, a few minutes a day is a great way to start. Focus on your breath. If your mind starts to wander, just notice it and gently return to breath.
2. Set intentions. Before engaging in an activity set an intention for what you are hoping to achieve from the activity.
3. Reflect Daily – Whether at the beginning or end of the day, journal or just reflect how the day unfolded. Were you present in your actions? Did you struggle? Don’t be harsh on yourself.
As my awareness has increased, so has the peace and joy in my life. The more familiar I have become with the inner workings of my mind, the better I have started to feel. There will always be distractions, just be aware of the great opportunities to practice being in the moment. We Don’t know what the future holds – so enjoy the moment.
Don’t let yesterday use up too much of today.” – Cherokee Indian Proverb