To finish up our last conversation about living in the present, here are 5 ways that can help you to focus on living in the present starting today:
1. Try Not To Quiet Your Mind
I know that this sounds like such a weird concept since this is the first things you want to do especially if you have a racing mind like myself. The thing is, your mind is always going to be racing no matter what you do. We are built to think and when we try to quiet the mind, we are actually disturbing it all the more. Instead, simply observe your thoughts as if they were a feather floating in the wind. There are no good or bad thoughts, so try not to judge or engage them. Just simply observe them.
2. You Are Not Your Thoughts
There are too many times in my life where I have identified myself with my thoughts. The things is YOU ARE NOT YOUR THOUGHTS! That inner dialogue in your head is so far from the truth it laughable. When I use to believe those negative thoughts in my head, I would counteract them with 5 positive things about myself. By the time I was done, those negative thoughts no longer had any power over me. You are more than your thoughts and knowing this fact and believing it will allow you to silence those negative thoughts each and every time they come.
3. Breathe. You Are Alive
Take time right now and stop reading and shift your focus to your breathing…
No worries. I can wait.
Notice that your breath is neither voluntary or involuntary. It is something that you do, yet at the same time it is something that “does you”. When you focus on your breathing you come back to the present moment. Practice conscious breathing every day to bring your mind back to the present.
4. Music For Meditation
Soft music and the sounds of nature is one of the best ways to help you to meditate and allow a peaceful energy to wash over you. It is not only calming, but it helps to transport you to a place of focus. I enjoy listening to the sounds of nature when I meditate to help my mind to become more clear and to go to a more relaxed state. I also listen to the sounds of nature when I have difficulties getting to sleep. Definitely give that a try if you have trouble sleeping too.
5. Practice Mindfulness
This is the essence of living in the present. Practicing mindfulness means to practice your awareness in every part of your day. Whether you are washing clothes or eating dinner, your mind is focused on what you are doing at that present moment. You are not thinking about the bills that you need to pay or the phone call you need to make when you get back into the office. You are simply living in that moment.
I hope these 5 ways help you to live in the present moment, let go of the past, and try not to worry about the future. Remember, the only control you have and the only enjoyment you can have is in the present so try to make the most of it!
To your new found peace of mind,
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