The present moment is what we always have. At any give time we are “here and now” and it is just a matter of training our perception in order to learn how to live in the moment. Living in the moment does not imply worrying about the future or regretting the past.
Learning how to live in the present moment can show how to reduce stress and increase your happiness. We often forget about these concepts even if we know them. It happens because we tend to get lost amongst our thoughts. We allow the daily problems to completely absorb our attention. All these are normal as it takes a lot o practice and discipline to become a mindful person and to increase the strength of your mind.
It takes time to get there but all this starts with small steps. None of the mindful people achieved mindfulness without effort and dedication. Be determined to reach a higher state of mind and work every day towards your goal. Every little step you take towards mindfulness will take you closer to the person you want to become.
This does not apply only to mindfulness but to any area of your life. No matter what you want to achieve, you have to start with the first step. And then follow it with small steady steps towards the direction you chose. You will slowly but surely get closer to your scope and you will have time to enjoy your journey and the lessons you learn on the way.
10 Mindful Tips To Learn How To Live In The Moment
Here are some simple ways to bring your attention to the present moment. All these easy practices can be included in your daily life and they will teach you how to just enjoy the “now”.
1. Breathing techniques
There are many types of breathing techniques, which can help you calm your mind, release stress and be present. They are often included in meditation practices.
Your breath can be your tool, which you can always be used for returning to the present moment. Imagine it like a string which is tied to the present moment, a string which you can always reach and by pulling it slowly you will get back to the “now”, no matter where your mind was previously wandering.
2. Think about what makes you happy
There are many things in our daily lives, which we tend to ignore. These things, usually small things can make us happy and put a smile on our face if we would jut pay attention to them for a moment. Being completely there to observe even for few seconds something that is happening around you could easily brighten your day and ground you.
3. Make time for yourself
Making time for yourself, booking some pampering time in your calendar it is important when we deal with stress every day. When we are overwhelmed by stress it is more difficult to be mindful and to find our path to the present moment.
4. Tea meditation
Meditation is a well-known practice to keep your mind clear and to bring you to the present moment. When you feel like you don’t have time for a meditation, it is a great option to find calm in your cup of tea. You can try one of my tea meditations, which don’t take more 5 minutes. Practicing them will make your tea drinking experience full of mindfulness.
5. Body scan
Body scan is also included in meditation practices. By thinking and being aware of every single part of your body, you are fully present and you experience without judgment what you feel in physical body.
It can be that easy indeed. If you smile, you can trick your brain into thinking that you are indeed feeling better and it can improve your mood overall.
7. Listen to your inner child
We tend to forget many times about our inner child. That small part of ourselves, which still wants to play in the mud, which smiles at the bright sky and bursts into laughing at silly jokes. You can learn in one of my old posts how to release your inner child more often.
8. Spend time in silence, listen to your thoughts
It is quite a loud world out there and amidst the noise we tend to increase the volume of the numerous thoughts in our mind as well. We end up having a loud and endless inner chatter. This does not allow us to breathe and be ourselves anymore. Allow yourself some silence time to clear your mind and to reconnect with your inner self.
9. Let go
No, going back to what happened in the past and forgiving any mistakes, no matter if they are yours or not, will not help you live in the present moment. If you do no learn to let go, you will become stuck in the past.
10. Be kind and be grateful
The best way to enjoy the present moment is to be grateful and to be kind with everyone around you. Just enumerating all the things you are grateful for, will help you have a positive attitude towards life and it will be easier to live in the “now”. Try to give yourself few minutes every evening to think about 3 things you are grateful for.