So one of my goals this year is to be more present…more in the moment and appreciating that moment more fully. Quite frankly, it’s been more of a challenge than I thought it would be! I have always been a future thinker, never stopping to enjoy or fully appreciate living more in the present. So what does being “present” even mean anyway? Does that mean you have to twist yourself into a pretzel, chant “ohmmmm” and not do anything? I don’t know about you, but that doesn’t work for me!
To me, it means centering yourself on whatever it is that you’re doing at that time. It means quieting all the other noises and voices and junk that is constantly competing for your attention.
Changing things up this way is a great way to really challenge your perspective, expose some hidden limiting beliefs and stretch you out of your comfort zone. So if you struggle with being more fully present and “in the moment”, here are some tips that I have found helpful.
- Engage all of your senses. Concentrate and focus on what you see, smell, hear, taste and touch. When you involve all of your senses in what you’re doing, it creates a mindfulness without you thinking “I’m paying attention”…it just happens naturally.
- Allowing openness in. We all have our protective armor that we wear and walls that we surround ourselves with. Take the armor off, step outside of the walls, and allow a bit of vulnerability into your life.
- Don’t react; respond. Part of developing mindfulness is that you start practicing the ability to respond and not just react to situations. Reacting means that we allow externals to control us; responding means that we have the control.
What one thing can you do today to live more fully in the moment or be more present? How have you incorporated this in your life? I’d love to hear your thoughts!