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Live in the Moment
We need to live more in the present moment. Living in the moment (also called mindfulness) is a state of an active, non-judgmental, and conscious attention on the present. It is awareness (with all your senses) about yourself, others and surroundings at any moment. It means not worrying about the future or thinking too much about the past.
How to Live in the Moment?
Living in the present requires practice. Practice everyday. It takes time to train yourself to enjoy and live in the moment. Here are the tips on how to live in the present moment.
Mindful Nature Walks:
While you go for a walk/run, try to notice the things you have never looked at before. Look and notice the flowers, trees, clouds, birds, colors, sound of leaves, or cool blowing breeze. Take advantage of the natural beauty around you to have greater mindfulness. Make your time a mindful nature walk.
How often do you sit down to eat, completely distracted? With smartphones in your hands, perhaps you’re checking your email, Whats-app, Twitter or Facebook. Try to make your eating time mindful. During breakfast, lunch or dinner, simply eat. Do not use digital devices, books, magazines or newspapers, etc. Pay more attention to what you’re eating. Think about the senses–smell, touch, taste, etc.
We all communicate a lot in our daily life. Practice mindful speaking and listening. Being more aware about what you say and hear will help you to live in the present moment. It will also improve your communication skills and relationships. Listen to others. Be aware of your own thoughts. Control your words during communication.
This is what I am doing right now. One of the benefits of blogging is it gives you the opportunity for mindful writing. When I write content, I become more aware about my thoughts, values and beliefs. I have become more aware about my passion ,and what I love to do. Writing my blog is one of the meditation practices. The past and future do not distract me.
Balance Among Past, Present, and Future
Of course, this doesn’t mean you don’t need to plan, set goals, or prepare for the future. You can do all of these things and still enjoy each moment. For example, if you set a goal to exercise each day, you continue the goal while enjoying the actual moment of exercising.
Likewise, the past is the biggest teacher in life. You learn from past mistakes. These experiences help you when you deal with similar challenges and problems in the present. At times, you need to remember past events. But the past has a different perspective. It’s not for feeling bad. Instead, it’s to have improved knowledge and skills for dealing with problems in the present moment. So, a fair balance of past, present and future is required for living a meaningful life.
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Text adapted from: https://edtechbooks.org/-waPn