Most of us (including myself) rarely focus 100% on the present moment.
Our minds forever busy with our thoughts and emotions. We may be constantly thinking about the past or the future. This creates a busy mind that often leads to overthinking, imagined fears or doubts, high expectations, regrets and/or anxiety.
When we practice being present, we let go of the future outcome and we focus on what we are doing right now.
Young children are great examples of being present - they will always notice the ”little things” in life. They will “stop and smell the roses” or perhaps notice the beauty of a small shiny beetle resting on a leaf. They really feel joy in life.
When we practice living in the present moment we will feel grounded and connected to our body and with our beautiful planet Earth.
We will feel more focused and alive and less fearful and anxious.
How can we learn to live more in the present?
• Be attentive to the world around you and indulge your senses - sounds, sights, smells, taste, touch.
• Learn simple relaxation techniques such as deep breathing and connect with the feelings in your body.
• Focus on the task at hand, not the future outcome.
• Focus on all daily activities such as eating - eat mindfully by savouring every morsel.
• When setting goals, set them within smaller time frames with a focus on enjoying the experience of your journey.
• Follow your passion! (Remember the reward is the experience of the journey!)
Nothing will ever happen in the future; it will happen in the Now.”