How Do We Live Fully In The Present Moment?

“Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have. Make the NOW the primary focus of your life.” ― Eckhart Tolle

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Living in the moment means letting go of the past and not waiting for the future to arrive. It means living your life consciously aware that each moment your breath is a genuine gift!

So how do you start the process of living in the moment?

First you must become aware of how much time you spend dwelling on past memories, losses and mistakes, and considering how to resolve these old problems.

Next, think about how much time you spend focused on your future. Believing you will be fulfilled only when you get that great car, that perfect romantic relationship or that once-in-a-lifetime career opportunity is often not as fulfilling as you thought.

Such beliefs physically drain you of the life energy you need to experience the only thing that is real, which is the Now.

In his renowned book, Spiritual Solutions, Deepak Chopra speaks to the reality that it is our own mind, with its nearly constant stream of thoughts about the past, and the concern for the future that causes all of our anxiety and anguish. We create our own problems, not other people or outside environmental forces.

To live in the present moment means you have to be willing to slow down, simplify and do nothing. It takes a while to get to this point. It can be more difficult than it sounds. If you’re not in the habit of doing nothing for periods of time, how do you start?

Key 1: Start with an hour, perhaps a lunch hour, or choose to get up an hour early or set aside an hour on the weekend to just sit and be with yourself.

Key 2: Pay attention to what you are doing as you are doing it. It helps us truly see what is going on in our lives.

Many of us go through our days almost as though we are sleepwalking. Every now and then, we wake up for a brief instant of clarity and say to ourselves, “Why is this happening in my life”?

And then we fall back into our semiconscious state as we continue bumbling about, half asleep at the wheel of life. We don’t pay sufficient attention to what we are doing as we are doing it, and then we wonder why we end up in the predicaments that we do.

Key 3: Start by being aware of your daily thoughts and what you are thinking about. How much energy are you giving away to the past or the future? Be willing to slow down and start experiencing your moment-by-moment life.

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You can’t always get away to a retreat to relax…so we all have to learn how to shut off the endless onslaught of activities and demands that create our frenetic life-style, increase our stress, strain our relationships and eventually cause illness.

Don’t let another day go by without asking yourself, “What do I need to do to live more in the moment?” Here are a few tips to start you on this worthwhile journey.

Ten Tips On Living In the Present Moment:

  1. Go to a quite place and just sit
  2. Take a nap in the middle of the day
  3. Enjoy a massage
  4. Stroll in the park
  5. Breath deeply, inhale and exhale
  6. Let go of emotions and disappointment
  7. Learn to meditate
  8. Practice Tai Chi, Qigong
  9. Spend more time in nature
  10. Take a bath with essential oils

I would love to hear how you live in the moment. Let me know….

Joyce Dillon, RN, MN is a life, and career success coach that specializing in working with women entrepreneurs, small business and corporate women in transition to help them discover, launch, and thrive in their life and business. Get your free gift, Create The Life You Love for a free guide on how to get clear on how to live an authentic, successful and financially abundant life.

Awaken To Your Calling: Create the Life and Work You Love

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  • Are you yearning to make a life change but find it overwhelming?
  • Do you continue to work at a job that drains your very soul?
  • Are you fearful of doing what you most desire to do?

There is always a particular moment when you clearly know you need to make change in your life. That desire for change is a like a grain of sand in a shoe, imperceptible at first but grinding away until it becomes the only thing you notice. Your instinct is to dismiss the feelings. Saying, “I can tough this out “or “it could be worse”.

Often we find it easier to recognize the emotions and feeling of others but nearly impossible to recognize our own needs and yearnings. Why is this?

By midlife, after years of loss, comprise, denial, and fear we lose track of our “true self” and the dreams we had. We often struggle letting go of what does not serve our highest needs.

The ego has great difficulty letting go of anything and will defend itself with great intensity. The truth is we must let go of who we are in order to become who we want to be. Gregory Levoy, author of Callings: Finding and Following an Authentic life says, “Sometimes we hear the calling but fear what will be demanded of us if we respond to the “call”.

Our lives speak through our actions and reactions, our intuitions and instincts, our feelings and our words. If we can learn to listen, read our own responses, we will receive the guidance we need.

You must slow down to be able to hear the “calling”, as to why you need to reinvent yourself, change your mindset, change your career, go back to school, or start a business.

Moments of awareness come in many ways to point us toward action.
They include:

  • A dream that keeps coming back.
  • A symptom in your body that reoccurs
  • A call from someone you need to hear from
  • A book that falls into your lap
  • An emotional issue that keeps reappearing
  • A e-mail that excites you about doing volunteer work

These wake-up calls stimulate your intuition; encourage you to ask deeper questions and to seek the answers. This process is a gateway into the deepest layers of your “inner self”.

The time is now! All it takes is an idea, a discovery or a breakthrough that turns the fear of your unwanted situation into the hope of new possibilities.

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What is Conscious Living?

Today’s post is an excerpt from my upcoming book “Fully Conscious Living”.

Fully conscious living is first and foremost choosing a way of life that starts by being aware, awake and responsible for our thoughts, beliefs, projections and lifestyle choices. It is becoming aware of what is occurring both externally and internally in our body and mind.

Deep, conscious living involves all forms of life choices, including:

  • Choosing to awaken and become aware of your thoughts, emotions, and unconscious aspects in your life that have blocked you from feeling fully alive.
  • Recognizing what is not in alignment with your highest and best self, and taking responsibility to release it from your life.
  • Learning to resist nothing by looking it “straight in the eyes,” blessing it and being grateful for it.
  • Remaining in integrity and honoring your soul’s authentic purpose for your life.
  • Learning how to reset your thoughts to move you quickly into a higher vibration.
  • Choosing healthy foods that nourish your brain, body and soul.
  • Aligning your heart with your brain to manage anxiety, stress and depression.
  • Getting crystal clear on how to manifest your passion, life purpose and destiny.
  • Understanding how to use the laws of manifestation to create what you want and avoid what you don’t.
  • Engaging others with gratitude, forgiveness, selfless service and self-love to profoundly shift your life.
  • Connecting with and shifting your relationship with the Earth as its caretaker.

Choosing to live a conscious lifestyle is the key to living a fully engaged life in all areas -relationships, career, health, spirituality, well-being, environment, and service.

How are you choosing to become more conscious? Let me know by commenting below or emailing me at jjdillon@mindspring.com.

Are You Living The Life You Really Want?

As we approach the mid-year, I want to ask you an important question: Are you living the life you deeply desire?

If not, are you willing to do what is necessary to live a happier and more purposeful life during the rest of 2013, and for the rest of your life?

You may recognize that your life today is more stressful, complicated and unpredictable than it has ever been. As a result, you may feel tired, worried, stressed and drained. You may be experiencing some kind of crisis, loss or concern about finances, health or relationships. Perhaps you feel caught up in a “robotic routine” because you are trapped in your daily grind of just doing, rarely stopping to be mindful of your life and what is happening around you, and to just experience the simple joy of being.

Does this sound like you? Are you trying to maintain a lifestyle that no longer sustains and supports you, while secretly yearning for a life that is simpler and more purposeful?

As an entrepreneur who has been running my own personal development and coaching business for 25 years, I know firsthand how exhausting it can be to keep all the “balls in the air.”

So, several years ago I made a decision to work more in my home office, decrease most of my unnecessary commitments, and also reduce activities such as excessive networking, conferences and volunteering. I released many people around me who were not honoring and supporting me in my personal and spiritual development. I decided to spend more time alone to meditate, write, walk, pray, and share the precious life I have left with friends who are awake and who have a high vibration for life. I also decided to engage in activism that can help change the world.

Are YOU ready for a change? To make change requires you to get quiet and to create time to be introspective. When you do, ask yourself these essential questions:

  • What do I deeply want for my life?
  • What is trying to emerge through me?
  • What do I have to let go of to receive what I want?

I offer the following suggestions to help you energize and reconnect to what is truly important to you:

  • Take off your mask and look at the truth of your life and the world around you. We are all divine souls who have emotions and the ability to live as we choose.
  • Stop telling your STORY! If you are still telling the same old story, you have not “let go” so you can heal your life. Instead of the story, ask yourself what you have learned from your life experience and what you need to release so you can move forward. Allow yourself to move through the resistance to hear the truth.
  • Understand that your relationships reflect your relationship with yourself. If you do not love yourself, you will have a void in your connection with your body, mind and spirit. If you want intimacy and deep love in your life, you must first love yourself. You will then attract the vibration of a similar level of love from everyone around you.
  • Avoid gurus, leaders or teachers who attempt to take your power and control from you, or prevent you from using your full power. You already have the God/goddess ability to change and heal your life.
  • Regain your own power by choosing not to be a victim. Do not listen to fearful thoughts from people around you or from the negative media. Find informational sources that support and empower you to become powerful.
  • Clear and detox your body, mind, and spirit. Connect with the Earth: place your feet on the Earth and allow the energy to move upward in your body and release your fear and negativity. Listen to music that has a high vibration because these sounds can help clear and rebalance your cells. Go to www.TomKenyon.com for free downloads.
  • Take definitive action to improve your life. Stop telling yourself you will make a change tomorrow.

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