Mindfulness is all about finding joy in the present moment. If you take a step back and think about it, it makes perfect sense. Doesn’t it? You are alive in this very moment, why not make the most of it?
Yet still most of us function on autopilot. We are busy making plans, thinking about the future and trying to be as efficient as possible, often multi-tasking our way through the day. Think for instance about today. Have you truly appreciated already any moment of this day? Do you remember your way to work? Did you really experience anything fully today? What if this had been the last morning you had on this earth? Wouldn’t you have tried to soak in all seconds of this day already to fully live?
So why take the current moment as an obstacle to overcome. Nor spend it worrying about the future. The present moment is LIFE itself. So treat it like it. Don’t waste it.
THREE STEPS TO RECONNECT WITH THE PRESENT MOMENT
(1) Slow down and breathe slowly.
Stop whatever you are doing and slow down. Take a few deep breaths and stretch a little.
(2) Become aware of your surroundings.
Feel the floor under your feet. Smell the air. Listen to the noises around you. What do you see? What do you observe? Don’t judge nor overthink the current moment. Just become aware and accept the moment for what it is.
(3) Experience your mental state.
Do you feel calmer? Do you feel truly in this moment? Remember, this very moment is unique. It will NEVER come back.
To practise mindfulness and become more aware of the present moment, just find three minutes for the above exercise everyday until it becomes second nature. Soon you will be more aware and live in the NOW more often than not 🙂
‘We are alive in the present moment, the only moment there is for us to be alive.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
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