Living In The Present
Living in the present means being aware and enjoying the present moment in your life. If you aren’t living in the present you are living in a fantasy world. When your thoughts are constantly beating you up for past mistakes or you are in constant worry about the future you cannot enjoy your life fully. Are you constantly worrying about things that haven’t happened yet? Are you so focused on the past that you can’t be happy with the present? If so, living in the present moment will have a dramatic impact on your emotional well being. It may also affect your physical health in a positive way as well.
It’s a fact that tension and mental worry can have a detrimental effect on your physical well being. If you live in the present you live in acceptance and your mental tension will decrease or stop altogether. When you’re able to embrace life as it is now in this very moment you let go of those things that constantly bother you and you can enjoy life as it is meant to be. When you are able to live in acceptance, you recognize everything is complete as it is. You can then begin to forgive yourself for perceived shortcomings in the past and you will know with certainty that things will turn out in the future the way they are supposed to be.
The absolute worst part of not living in the present and instead focusing on the past or future is that you are abandoning what life is offering you. You are giving up your ability to create the life you desire by creating fantasy visions in your mind. If you want to make changes in your life, these must start in the present moment.
If you’re living in the past, you can’t do anything about it, it’s dead and gone. You can’t time travel to the past and change a thing. If you’re worrying about the future you’re living someplace that doesn’t exist at all. The future hasn’t occurred yet and by worrying you simply make up stories or fantasies in your mind of possible outcomes. If you desire to change your life, the only place it is possible to do it is in the present. But first you have to accept life as it is in the present moment. The simple truth is that your thoughts are the only thing preventing you from living in the present.
In order to live in the present does that mean we have to forget about planning for the future? Not at all. Planning for the future is part of a healthy life. What we truly want is to discover balance. Living in the present and acceptance of what is at this very moment leads to enjoyment of life. Planning for the future is fine as long as we accept that the future plans are subject to change. You can’t become so focused on the future outcome that you lose your ability to enjoy the present moment. Here are a few tips to begin helping you live in the present.
1. Don’t try and shut off your thoughts:
It can be difficult when trying to live in the present to remain aloof from random thoughts that can constantly bombard our conscious minds. Trying to control your random thoughts can only make matters worse. Instead you should view those random thoughts as a kind of noise and let them happen. They only have weight if you focus attention on them.
2. You are not your thoughts:
Many people identify themselves by the thoughts going on in their brains constantly. You are much more than just the firing of neurons inside your brain. You are a being of energy that includes the conscious and subconscious mind, your body and your spiritual energy. Realizing we are much more than just our thoughts allows us to embrace the Universe and enjoy the present moment without focusing only on our thoughts. It allows us to begin the journey of self realization.
3. Concentrate on breathing:
For a minute I’d like you to stop reading and merely pay attention to your breath. As you center your attention on your breath, you’ll observe that your breath is neither voluntary nor involuntary. It’s something that you do, but at the same time something that “does you”. When you center your attention on your breath, you get back into a relationship with reality, as like breathing, reality is both something you do and something that “does you”. It’s co-creative. Rehearse conscious breathing to bring your brain back to the present.
4. Music for meditation:
There’s a lot of great music made to help with meditation. Music made for meditation may help us bring our attention back to the present and clear our mind.
5. Rehearse mindfulness:
This isn’t so much of a tip as it’s a basic in living in the present. Rehearsing mindfulness means we practice our awareness in all our behaviors. Whether we’re washing dishes or tying our shoes, our brain is centered on whatever we’re doing. We’re not thinking of the bills that we have to pay, or the call we have to make when we get to the office. We’re merely living in the present moment.
Beginning with simple things to bring you back to living in the present will allow you to build on your successes. Don’t think you are a failure if your thoughts start going all over the place. Just take a deep breath and work to bring your focus back to what you are doing right now. With some practice you’ll see improvement in your ability to calm your chaotic thoughts and just enjoy the present moment. By living in the present you’ll add greater enjoyment and fulfillment to your life.