Staying Present

I have been thinkingbuddha-525883_1920 a lot about the present moment.  Why do we expend so much of our efforts thinking about the future and the past when all that is really there is the present?  We are only guaranteed the present moment.  In fact, really, it’s all that matters.  I know I spend much of my time worrying about the future.  Can I pay my bills?  Do I have enough money for retirement? I sometimes worry so much about the future I forget about the present moment all together.  This saddens me greatly because I know living this way I will miss out on my entire life.  So I am focusing on the present.

“The present moment is the only moment available to us,

and it is the door to all moments.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

So many of us focus on worries of the future or regrets of the past.  Very few of us have mastered living in the present.  But that is truly where living lies.  In the here and now.

But how do we move past our pasts and stop focusing on the future long enough to detect the bloom of the present?

Here are a few tips:

Try yoga.  Focus on your breathing while doing it.

Try meditation.  There are many types.  My personal favorite is called grounding where you meditate while you think about yourself growing roots into the earth like a tree.

Try prayer.  Praying for the present moment and living in spirituality helps you realize your purpose here on Earth.  Even if you don’t believe in a God, try praying to Mother Earth or the Universe.

Slow down.  This is a big one.  Stop rushing through life, slow down, and enjoy each moment.  Otherwise you’re missing it!

That’s all for today.

How to you live in the present moment?


P.S. (After talking about focusing on the present with my buddy over at Pest Control Tucson, he recommended that I read the book “Wherever You Go, There You Are.” Says it changed his life.  It might have to be my next big read.  I’ll let you know how it goes.)

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