Have you ever thought, Do I live for today? Do I live for tomorrow? Do I live for yesterday? Have you ever stopped just to hear and feel your breathing? Have you ever been mindful of living in the present moment? Too often, we worry about things that don’t matter. Living in the moment involves mindfulness and being aware of which physical or mental state you are in right now.
Place Your Attention in the Now!
Too many of us are busy thinking about what has happened in the past or what is going to happen in the future instead of focusing on what is going on right now in their lives. Placing your attention in the “now” moment of time is a concept emphasized continuously in many Eastern religions and philosophies. The only time you have is right now. Trying to keep your focus on what you’re currently doing or to whom you’re currently speaking to is one way to start living in the “now” moment.
Have you ever held a conversation with someone that kept looking over your shoulder at something else, really paying you no mind? I recently had this experience. I ran into someone that I have seen in a very long time and it seemed he was more worried about what was going on around him than speaking with me. It made me feel that I wasn’t important to this person. It’s not only disrespectful but why spend time with someone that isn’t giving you the attention or the time you deserve. Does this sound familiar? Do you do this? Have you done this? If so, stop immediately and live in the present and make that person feel like they are the only person that exists at that present time.
Being self-conscious prevents many people from becoming successful and doing things they really want to do. They only wish they could act on their dream, but they feel unworthy, or they feel like they can’t, or someone has told them they weren’t capable–whatever the reason, they don’t try because of being self-conscious. Feelings of self-consciousness holds people back from accomplishing great things in their life. You must live in the moment; you must stop thinking about what you are doing and just go for it.
Overcome Adversity by accepting fear and pain
Acceptance is a key factor for living in the present moment. If something makes you fearful or if something is painful, you may struggle with it or try with all your might to avoid it. However, the chances may be that your struggling is only causing you more pain. Trying to accept what is in your life right now, even if it is fearful or painful will help you to live in the moment instead of struggling against it.
Stop Rushing and slow down
Your life can and will get very hectic and crazy at times, if you allow it to. It seems like everyone is always rushing around with something important to do or someone important to meet. I have close friends like this and it drives me mad. They have to feel busy or in constant motion all the time to feel productive. They never stop to smell the roses. I was once there. I used to be like that. This constant, frenzied pace of life prevents you from living in the now moment because you’re always concerned with what’s going to happen next. Don’t overbook your schedule, prioritize your schedule according to importance and make sure you take time for the things that matter most. I guarantee you that when you’re lying on your death bed, you’ll be thinking of what mattered most in your life. We all know what matters most in our lives.
Appreciate the Little Things in your life
I truly believe we must develop a feeling of gratitude for the little things that matter the most in our life. These are things you often overlook, whether it’s a smile and a hug from your husband or wife before he or she leaves for work or the smell of the flowers that have just started blooming in the garden or holding the door for someone or taking the time to say hello and thank you. Resolve today to make a list of the things you are most grateful for and try to cultivate a feeling of being mindful, aware and appreciative when you come across them.
Just forget what time it is
If you’ve ever been truly absorbed in a task, you may completely lose track of time. This may happen to you when you’re doing something you absolutely love to do. This happens to me when I’m writing, blogging, creating products for clients. In order to live in the moment, it’s important to stop worrying about the time and just engage in the activity you’re performing as fully as possible. This also applies to your loved ones. Spending time with someone that matters the most to you, simply forget the time and live in the NOW moment!
I’ll leave you with one of my all-time favorite quotes, “The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
About the Author:
I’m John R. Salkowski, Founder of AchieveSuccessAcademy.com™, Retired Cop, Survivor of PTSD stemming from a shoot and kill robbery incident, Expert on Leadership, Success, Overcoming Adversity, Fear & PTSD, Entrepreneur, Speaker, Author of 3 books; Leadership in The Line of Duty™: 50 Leadership Lessons for Making Split-Second Decisions from a Cop Who Has Been in Life and Death Situations, Leadership in The Line of Duty™: Success Thoughts and Quotes for Leaders and Nothing But Net: Top Secrets to increase your bottom line, Health, Wealth & Success.
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