The Present Moment
Most of the time our minds are wandering away from the present moment. We are either thinking about the past or planning for the future. When we are thinking about a different time, this can take over from the present moment. We need to revert our thoughts back to the present.
Learning to live in the present brings clarity and calmness. It helps us to feel more grounded. Living in the present moment is about focusing all of our attention on the here and now. It is about being aware of what is happening currently. Life becomes meaningful when we realise that we will never get the same moment twice. When we live in the present our life starts to wake up. We recognise how valuable our time is. We are truly alive in the present moment.
We should never allow waiting around to become a habit. Life goes by faster than you think. We often postpose what we can do today thinking that tomorrow will be a better time to do it. There is no time like the present to do the things that you have always wanted to do. Life is happening now. Don’t postpone your happiness for another day. Take every new day as a fresh opportunity. When we become fully immersed in the present moment, we start living our lives to the fullest.
How to live in the present moment:
1. Become more aware. When you feel your thoughts wandering, make a conscious choice to focus them back to the present. Focus on the 24 hours in front of you.
2. Do one thing at a time. Don’t give yourself too much to do at once. Delegate your workload so that it becomes more manageable. Try to complete an activity without any distractions. If you are taking a bath, use this as your time to focus solely on relaxation. When you are eating a meal, try not to be on your phone at the same time. Removing distractions helps us to make the most out of the current activity.
3. Slow down. We make life so fast paced and from this it becomes easy to overlook the present. Take a moment to stop what you are doing for a few minutes every day. Use the time to focus on your breathing. Become aware of your present feelings. How is the present moment making you feel? Slow down to acknowledge all of your senses in the present moment.
4. Stop comparing. The present moment may be nothing like your past and may be nothing like you had planned for. Accept the present moment as if you had chosen it. The key is to focus all your attention working with it rather than against it. Overthinking will lead to unhappiness. Stop worrying about the past and future. Sometimes we spend so much time overthinking, doubting, worrying, imagining, obsessing and fantasizing. We need to just let things take their natural course in the present.
5. Take action. Use your time productively. In a year from now you will thank yourself for starting today.
The present moment is filled with joy. When you become more attentive, you will see it.