Living in the Moment
Updated: Oct 16, 2022
How much do we really live in the moment? Think about it. What thoughts go in and out of our mind all day? What's the quality and the quantity?
Thoughts become things. Choose the good ones.
We all have those moments when we tune out of reality. We think about the past, the future, our to-do lists or just engage in negative self-talk. Think about all the times we tune out. Maybe driving to work? Sometimes we don’t even remember the drive. What about tuning out when someone is speaking? You realize all of a sudden that it's quiet and you should respond but have no idea what that person said. How many of us rush through a meal on autopilot because we were too distracted? We don't take time to really enjoy our food.
We all get caught up in these mindLESSness acts and behavior. It is human nature. But just because it’s part of human nature doesn’t mean we can’t work to bring our wandering mind into check.
Being in the present moment reduces anxiety and stress and increases our happiness factor. Since our thoughts directly affect our physical health it is just as important to work on the mind as we do the body. We want to practice mindFULness and not mindLESSness.
We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think.
Being mindful, in today’s world, can be a difficult undertaking. Electronics/technology, social media and multitasking are all contributing to a mindLESS society.
Think about a time when you were really in the present moment. Maybe it was sitting on the beach watching the sunset. Maybe it was holding your first born in your arms and just staring at this little miracle. If you’re a runner, you know that amazing moment when you are truly in your ‘happy place’. You are 100% tuned into your breathing, the easy and rhythmic flow of your pace and your feet hitting the pavement.
We all have those amazing mindful moments. And most often, it is those moments that actually bring us happiness (and create memorable moments). But why be stingy with these moments? Why not bring more of these into your day? Seems like a no-brainer, right?
Well, being mindful is not for the faint of heart. Being mindful takes practice but it is so worth it in the end. Adding mindfulness to my day has totally shifted my ‘view’ on life. Even adding ONE mindfulness practice a day can shift your mood and set you up for success.
Watch my video to learn more about mindfulness and how to incorporate it into your day, in 3 easy steps.