The only moment in time, is this one.
Now, think about that for a “moment.” How does that statement resonate with you? Are you occupied with thoughts of the future or dwelling about your past? The past is over. That time is gone forever. You have memories to recall and reflect on while the future hasn’t happened yet. You can set a clock to go forward in time but you can’t unwind it. So, what is left? The answer is this moment, the present, you are in the now.
How can you be more conscious and enjoy what lies right in front of you? Stop and pay attention to what is happening. You have control if you make the choice to take a breath and just be. We are all aware of being overwhelmed and besieged by multiple daily distractions. Focus your attention on the task at hand by learning to quiet down your mind. In addition to feeling calmer, you will feel more focused and probably become more efficient as well. The majority of people aren’t adept at thinking or doing two things at once. Consider taking pragmatic steps to rediscover the gratification of being present in the moment and you’ll also rediscover the quiet focus within. Some simple suggestions to assist you to practice being present is as follows:
1. Meditation or prayer
2. Slowly breathe and sit still quietly
3. Engage in some form of playfulness
4. Get up and move around
5. Take a walk in nature and its splendor
6. Get up and engage in some form of exercise
7. Take pleasure in listening to some favorite soothing music
8. Relax by closing your eyes – take five
9. Do one project at a time and eliminate or postpone unnecessary multi-tasking
10.Play with your children or pets
11.“Be” with your loved ones
12.Do something fun and unexpected
13.Turn off the cell/home phone ringer, “unplug” from your computer and emails
Consider the thought provoking lyrics from a famous Beatles song, “Speaking words of wisdom, let it be.” Sometimes to value our own well-being we need to allow ourselves to slow down, relax, and take a moment to enjoy the “present.” In reality, that is all we have.
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