Is it really possible to enjoy life at the highest level without being completely aware of the present moment? It’s impossible. Life can only be lived in the present. Often our minds are preoccupied with multiple things, none of which is occurring right now.
We know that, our minds are very active and constantly attempting to break free to occupy themselves with the past, the future, and pure fantasy. While it’s good to prepare for the future and learn from the past, focusing primarily on the present has many benefits.
It is easy with the following ways to live in the moment and be present with your life:
- Avoid worry. We tend to worry when we think about the future. Keep your thoughts on your environment and your current activity. You can’t worry if you leave the future alone.
- Avoid regret. Regret arrives while thinking about the past. The past is over and no longer exists. You bring your past mistakes to life by thinking about them. Let them go.
- Turn off electronic devices. Cell phones, computers, iPods, and gaming systems divert our attention from the present moment. Find your enjoyment in your life rather than in an imaginary world or in frivolous communication.
- Avoid multitasking. Practice doing one task at a time. Current research is overwhelmingly in favor of single-tasking. You'll find you perform the task faster and at a higher level. Let multitasking be a thing of the past. Single-tasking is much more conducive to living in the present.
- Eliminate unnecessary items. It is always seen that people having too many possessions constantly feel it as a burden than an advantage. Owning too many things results in disorder that clutters your physical environment and your mind. If you don't need it, consider giving it away or selling it.
- Forgive. You tend to suffer a lot when you hold a grudge. Anger is distracting and keeps you from enjoying the current moment.
- Go slowly and deliberately. Rushing creates a unique type of anxiety. Give yourself the time you need to enjoy the current activity. Address one task at a time and give it your full attention.
- Listen. When you are speaking to someone, give them your full attention and participate in the conversation to the best of your ability.
- Spend 5 minutes of each hour describing your environment. Take a break! The best way is to take 5 minutes and describe to your self - everything you see, hear, smell, and feel. It’s an easy way to bring your mind back to the present moment and keep it there. There’s no way to complete the exercise without being mindful.
- Eat slowly and enjoy your food. You enjoy your food more by eating slowly. You'll also eat less, which is a good thing for many of us. Try eating an entire orange one piece at a time. Go slowly and focus on the flavor of each section.
- Under schedule. Too many obligations results in a crowded schedule and time concern. It’s not easy to stay focused on the current task if you're worried about being on time for the next one. Leave space between your obligations. Remember- “Do less and experience more”.
Let’s not lose so much time to the past and the future and miss out on our life. Living in the moment is a habit and a skill. Indulging in worry and regret are also habits. While it’s not possible to live entirely in the moment, life is more enjoyable and meaningful when your focus is on the present.