You may be familiar with phrases such as “enjoy the present moment”, “stop and smell the roses”, and “be in the now”, yet left still wondering, what does it really mean to be present in our lives, how are we to do it, and why is it really necessary?
As human beings, we are often consumed with either worrying about the future or stressing about something that happened in the past with little to no time spent in the present moment.
That being said, there are ways to help you focus on what is happening right in front of you and by doing so you can tap into more fulfillment, genuine happiness, and improve your mental well-being.
What does it mean to be “present”?
To bring your attention to the present moment is to be aware of what is happening around you and within you. You’re in tune with how your body feels and the emotions you’re experiencing. For example, you may notice when you’re having coffee in the morning that you may feel relaxed or, when you see your friend at work you may feel a spark of joy or excitement. When we are busy we tend to forget to take a moment to tune into these emotions, even though they may be the most precious parts of our day.
Being present also means that you’re noticing the elements of your life. The voice of your child, a hug from your spouse, how you like the color of your walls, and the fragrance of your shampoo. It’s simply about bringing your focused attention to what is happening in the present moment, acknowledging how you are feeling, and savoring the moment.
How to be more present in your life
Although we should all strive to be a little more present in our lives, what does that actually look like? For many of us, our minds are busy with day-to-day work, family, children, responsibilities, etc. and it can be hard to realign back to center. This is why I am sharing two practices that you can do every day to help you come back to the present moment.
- Practice gratitude. There is nothing that brings us more into the present than being grateful for what we currently have in our lives. When you’re driving, walking, or sitting down at a meal, make a list or a mental note of all the things from the day that you’re grateful for. If it helps, set a daily reminder on your phone to take a pause and be grateful for that moment.
- Focus on the feeling. Focus on how you feel within your body. How do you feel in your chest, your stomach, and/or your hands? Do you feel your heart beating? Do you notice your stomach is full or empty? Honing in on how your body feels will help bring you into the present moment and allow you to focus on what is happening right here and now.
Why you want to experience life in the moment
Focusing your attention on the “here and now” is statistically one of the best things we can do for our mental health. When we channel our thoughts toward what we are currently experiencing, feeling, and thinking we automatically practice mindfulness. This helps us become more grateful and appreciative for everything around us, improves our well-being, and reminds us of what truly makes us happy and feel whole.
If you’re looking to feel more fulfilled, at peace, and genuinely happy, the first step is to direct your attention to the present and acknowledge all of the good that is happening in your life right now.
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