Live in the moment, mindfully, making the conscious choice to focus on our present, and live in our experiences.
Allowing ourselves to dwell on the past or in the future robs us of today’s enjoyment. The only important moment is the present moment. It is the only time that we get to truly live.
Living in the present – the moment – is not just an arbitrary term or a popular phrase. It is a recognized and evidence-backed lifestyle that psychologists are quick to recommend for those struggling with anxiety and stress in their day-to-day life.
“Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way; On purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.” ~ Jon Kabat-Zinn
Being in the present moment, or the “here and now”, means that we are aware and mindful of what is happening at this very moment. We are not distracted by thoughts on the past or worries about the future. We are centered in the here and now. All of our awareness is in the present moment.
The present moment is the only time that you have any control over. It is the point between past and future. Everything that ever happened and will ever happen can only happen in the present moment. Simply live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.
Being present and exerting our authority over the moment, makes us happier and helps us fight anxiety. It helps us deal with emotional pain more effectively. Reducing our stress, and improving our ability to cope with negative emotions like fear and anger. This is naturally beneficial to our health.
“The ability to be in the present moment is a major component of mental wellness.” – Abraham Maslow
Suggestions to Live In The Moment
If you struggle to live in the ‘now’, try these suggestions:
- Let the past be the past. Think about the past for good purpose. Make sure you are focusing on the past for a positive reason – identify a lesson from an experience, or figure out the key to a success.
- The future will always be ‘the future’, so let it be. Make sure that any consideration of the future is healthy.
- Stay in the present moment for the vast majority of your time. It is in the present moment alone that you have the ability to deal with any challenge.
“Mindfulness isn’t difficult, we just need to remember to do it.” – Sharon Salzberg
It sounds like something that should be easy, but it takes effort and practice.
For the good health of both mind and body, do not mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles. Live in the present moment – wisely and earnestly.
“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.” – Buddha
Practicing mindful thought and living in the moment can be frustrating initially. ‘The now’ looks different for everyone. Give yourself the time to practice and enjoy the process. It does get easier over time.