TIPS ON BEING PRESENT IN YOUR EVERYDAY LIFE
- Commit to the idea that remaining present and balanced will enable you, not prevent you, from getting what you want.
- Then meditate. Once per day, twice per day. For 1-minute, 5-minutes, 20-minutes or an hour. Every second helps. The intention to remain present helps, even if you can’t feel it working.
- Where you feel a strong emotion arising, breathe deeply.
I start my day with a corny affirmation to be my best self. I try to notice little things like the first time my baby says dude. Or take a moment every day with him (or any loved one) and tell him why he’s so great.
I often remind myself of the mantra, “The present moment is all we ever really have”. This helps to keep me grounded and connected to what I’m doing. I’ve developed a personal meditative practice as a response to the times that I find myself feeling anxious about potential future happenings, or dwelling on a past moment. I close my eyes take a few deep breaths (maybe more if needed!), I repeat my mantra, award both faith and trust to my process, and then smile (try it!). There are times where this experience takes 20 seconds and there are times I allow this experience to extend out to 10 minutes or as long as I need. Over time this effects of this practice translates well into many aspects of life as well as the journey on the yoga mat!
I find that being intentional about choices and finding joy in what I do helps with being present. If I am rushing about scattered mentally, I don’t find joy and I’m not present mentally.
When I am overwhelmed, I stop what I am doing and take 3 long slow deep breaths to clear my head. Once I have calmed mentally and emotionally, I make a conscious decision as to what the next steps will be.
I have always had a hard time being present, that is why the practice of yoga speaks to me so much. Throughout the day, if I feel that I am getting off track, I repeat a little mantra, “This is what I’m doing now”. Usually this helps me to focus on what needs to be done in that moment. The part I have the most trouble with is remembering to do it. It is a practice…
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