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Living in the present moment!

| Becca Clayton

Living in the present moment is enlightening.

To do this, you must realise charm in every moment, and in everyday activities. It’s a conscious act that requires participation, not just observation, but the reward is a richer, fuller life. This is your life, now live!

Living in the present, or the “here & now,” is an incredibly foreign concept for many of us. Our brains race from one thought to another, and if you analyse them very carefully, only a few of them are actually focused on the present moment. Most of them have either a step in the past or the future. So how do you do it?

Here are 5 ways to remain in the present (here & now):

  1. Realise that the now is all we have. The past is just a story and the future is a complete mystery. This is it. Now.
  2. Recognise that you can’t predict anything, even if it makes you feel better. How many times have you played over possible future scenarios in your head to find there’s no way you could have predicted what was going to happen? It’s wasted brain energy and time that could have been spent really listening to people, looking at nature and feeling totally and completely fine with yourself.
  3. Relax and BREATHE – be mindful – if all else fails, take 6 big, deep (10 second) paced breaths.
  4. Accept your thoughts and tendencies and work with them. Are you a past-focused person or a future-focused person? If you tend to live in the past, know that you did exactly what you could with the knowledge you had at the time. Write down all your feelings about the event that triggered your thoughts. If you’re a future person, write down why a certain event or person is worrying you and read it over. Do you really, genuinely have cause to be anxious? If you do, act on it. If you don’t, let it go.
  5. Follow your passion. There’s nothing better than that feeling of being completely engrossed in what you’re doing. That folks is the now. That’s why what you’re doing feels so good. Make time for your hobbies and passions — write them in your diary and make sure you feed your soul with them. Recognise the feeling of complete presence as you do it and learn to incorporate that feeling more and more into your everyday life. Be mindful, take notice of the world, focus on whatever it is you are doing NOW.

If you still need more inspiration, let me encourage you to think about this quotation once again from Eckhart Tolle;

“Nothing has happened in the past; it happened in the Now. Nothing will ever happen in the future; it will happen in the Now.”

If you still need inspiration then why not consider a Wellbeing Consultation, Health MOT & Stress Test or perhaps book in for Relaxation Session using the latest biofeedback technology to synchronise your breathing with your heart rate?

NOTE: Much research also now shows that being mindful (in the here and now) can help ease low mood, mild anxiety and pain as effectively as drugs!


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