Exist in the present, in the current moment.
Even though we are physically in the present moment (driving the car, picking up groceries, cleaning the house), we are often times not in that moment mentally or emotionally. So much of our time is spent dwelling on the past or worrying about the future that we miss out on what is really happening right now and don’t pay attention to what is going on in front of us.
When we aren’t paying complete attention and being in the moment, we can miss out on so much. If we are lost in thought, worry, anticipation or whatever is distracting us, we aren’t present to experience what is happening right now.
It is vital that we WAKE UP to this moment and not be lamenting the past or thinking about what might happen in the future. All we have in this life is this very moment. The past is over with and the future hasn’t happened yet. Right now, this very moment is all we have.
How to exist in the present moment:
When we exist in the present we have a positive effect on our family, health, community and our economy.
Begin to notice when you aren’t present in the moment and bring your mind back to the here and now.
There are many ways to be present:
- Take the time to be aware of and enjoy the daily activities that you typically rush through: eating breakfast, talking with your kids on the drive to school, the beautiful flowers on the hillside. Relish every moment.
- Really listen to someone without thinking about what your response is going to be, just pay attention to what they are saying.
- Stay off of your cell phone when driving or walking and be aware of what is going on around you.
- When you are driving or out walking, notice the things you pass by, the signs, plants, and buildings.
- Let go of what happened to you in the past. Don’t let those experiences define you and continue to shape who you are today.
- Be aware of where you want to go in life (your goals) but give your fullest attention to the steps you are taking at this moment. Are they in line with those goals?
Yes, we do need to think about the future so we can plans for our lives,
but we don’t need to continually worry about or obsess over it.
When we are truly in the present moment,
we can see what needs to be done to better our futures.
Then we can take action by focusing on one thing at a time.
When you find your mind headed to places other than the present moment, take a deep breath and focus on your breathing. This will bring you back to the now. Do this every time your mind wanders.