How To Live In The Present Moment - 7 Ways To Enter In The Present

How To Live In The Present Moment – 7 Simple Ways

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The human tendency is to spend too much time outside of the present moment.

Fifty percent of our time in a day is wasted by thinking of something else but not ourselves.

So what are we thinking about instead? Firstly, we ruminate about things that happened in the past, and secondly, we worry about things that have yet to come.

Most of our time, we fantasize about things that will never happen, which causes emotions that should never exist. In other words, we’re thinking about something terrible (what if that will happen?), and the according feelings come with that “thought” because our brain perceives it as something that is happening; the corresponding emotions will come to the surface.

Now I think it’s clear why Buddhists and Stoics want us to live in the present moment.

The present moment is the only moment you have control over right now.

What you experience at this moment, reading this blog, BECOME AWARE OF IT and start living it, love! Enjoy every word, every row, become aware of your breath while reading too. What you do now, it’s all in your control. And now…you are happier too.

The monkey brain is present in all of us, and if you find it wasting too much of your conscious moments, you can make the monkey go away with simple tricks, which take discipline to pull off.
How? Let me show you some ways of how you can detach.

#1 Meditation

How To Live In The Present Moment - 7 Ways To Enter In The Present

While I was going through my severe depression and an ugly breakup, I’d find myself many times just wondering for minutes/hours at a time. It was pretty bad for seven months until I started seeing a shrink, from which I learned a few things.

Every time I’d find myself wondering, I only had to do one thing, concentrate on my BREATH! On the inspiration and expiration until I could see myself in the present moment, with all those emotions going away little by little.

There is a difference between breath meditation and mindfulness meditation, which I was practicing.

I would have to contemplate on the body. How I felt my toes, legs, back, neck, head, hands, and how they’d feel while touching the surfaces I was coming in contact with.

Next would be the contemplation of feelings like sadness, rage, anger, and how they linger in the mind, and the third thing would be focusing on thoughts and how they come and go.

While being aware of them, you let them go, and after, you focus again on your breath.

#2 Touching

Feel everything you touch. If you have a pen in your hand, look at how it feels to your fingers. Become more aware of your body.

A simple exercise right now would be this one: Look at your hand, concentrate on your fingers, and breathe while doing this, then look at your nails, don’t think of anything else but this visualization technique, and then touch your other hand. Feel how your fingers touch your keyboard, how they are holding your phone.

#3 Affirmations

Repeat affirmations. Something that brings peace to your mind can be religious or not; it doesn’t matter. What matters is your mind.

‘I feel, with every breath I take, a sense of peace and love.’
‘I can see and appreciate all of the beauty that surrounds me.’
‘I can liberate myself from my past and live with peace and serenity.’
Always use the word ‘I.’

They can have a meaning or not, but the repetitive nature of engaging a mantra gives the mind something to focus on that happens in the present moment…which is the repetition of a mantra. Quiet the mind!

#4 Waiting for the next thought

How To Live In The Present Moment - 7 Ways To Enter In The Present

It’s effortless and effective. Become conscious of your thought and ask yourself, ‘what would my next thought be?’.

If you focus on the anticipation of your next thought, something interesting will happen. Try yourself, and you’ll see what I mean. Spoiler alert! Nothing. You’ll be thinking of nothing.

#5 Awareness of your surroundings

One more thing that I learned from my therapist, even though I was aware of this and never practiced it, is to be mindful of everything that happens around me.

You will realize that the world is never silent. Birds, dogs, cars, airplanes, wind, leaves, and it doesn’t stop there, the perfume of a flower, a blooming tree, and petrol from a car.

By concentrating on what’s happening around you, the mind will become more and more curious about what’s happening in the distance, and this way, the past and the future will be nonexistent in a brain living in the present.

#6 Social anxiety?

Listen closely to words.

If you’re in a conversation with someone, listen to them and what they mean through the words they are saying. This way, you will shift the attention from your thoughts to the person speaking.

“How can I impress this person?” “What if I say something wrong?” “What if they don’t like me?.” THESE questions relate to the past and the future.

When you talk to someone, you are still stuck in your head about what you said or what you will say—assuming that they will judge you.

Truly listen to what someone else is saying, so your words will come naturally and without hesitation. This way, you’ll live in the present moment.

#7 Be aware of your movement

Whenever we go for a walk to “take the mind of things” – which is funny, because we’re only ruminating, plotting, thinking about past relationships, work…everything but not taking the mind off of things – just become aware of your movement.

The way you walk, how your hands swing, sitting & standing up, cleaning, doing the dishes, writing a blog post.

So that’s it, combine all these seven steps, and your mind will become a palace.

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