Mindfulness and Living in the Moment
Mindfulness is being fully present in the moment, living in the "now". Which to some of us can be really tough. With jobs, media, traffic, bills, well let's be real...life.
We are bombarded with so much throughout the day that it is getting harder and harder to know what to believe anymore. So how are we supposed to learn to live in the moment? It is a lot easier than you might think, I promise. First off, start paying attention to what you are doing rather than thinking of what you are going to do next.
When we start to live in the moment we are not focusing on our drama, other peoples drama, or the negativity that often tries to suck us in. We are being fully present. But what does all this really mean? The biggest part to understand is we have to let go. Let go of guilt, judgement, pressure, the what if's, all of it. Just like the Frozen song, "Let it go, can't hold it back any more." Once we let go of trying to control every little thing, we are slowly giving more room for the more important things in life.
Next, start enjoying the little things, a nice day, a wave, or a small achievement. Living in the moment really doesn't have to be a YOLO style experience, it can honestly be as simple as enjoying a cup of tea on your porch, or cuddling with your cat for a few minutes. Start small, enjoy the few moments in the morning before the house wakes up. Write down moments where you were fully in the moment, being present and enjoying everything around you. Describe it in full detail, what were the sights, smells, sounds and who was with you or if you were by your self.
The benefits to living in the moment:
- Reduces stress and anxiety
- increases trust, faith and letting go
- Learn patience
- Gain confidence
- Inner peace
- Increases joy and happiness
- Gain higher quality of work
- More creativity and imagination
- Make better, smarter decisions
- Become more aware
- Achieve success
- Gain enlightenment