“Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have. Make the NOW the primary focus of your life.” ― Eckhart Tolle
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:
- Go to a quite place and just sit
- Take a nap in the middle of the day
- Enjoy a massage
- Stroll in the park
- Breath deeply, inhale and exhale
- Let go of emotions and disappointment
- Learn to meditate
- Practice Tai Chi, Qigong
- Spend more time in nature
- 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.