It’s easy to let the day pass by and suddenly it’s over. You’re thinking of the next thing to do, what plans to make, what projects to finish or you’re trying to forget about a mistake you made yesterday. But what if you could exist during a point in time where there is no past or no future? By practicing being in the moment.
It’s simple: just try to be aware of what you’re doing during the day. Our thoughts running through our heads non-stop can create distractions. When you want to be aware of yourself, you start to notice what’s happening around you. Take note of what you see, smell, hear, touch and taste. You’ll be able to cherish these special moments during your busy day and feel more fulfilled. Here are a few ways to start:
• Appeal to your senses: Light a fragrant candle and notice the scent in the air. Take a walk along a scenic street and take in your surroundings. Sip on a warm cup of tea that makes you feel good. Wrap yourself in a pleasing fabric and notice how soft it is (cashmere: goals). Let the pitter patter of rain or birds tweeting clear your thoughts.
• Be aware: Focus on what you’re doing. Take a couple of minutes to close your eyes and focus on something simple, like the first couple of sips you take from your coffee or tea cup. Let the warmth travel through your body.
• Meditate: Read this tiny note on meditation to help guide you through two minutes of awareness. It’s also an amazing tool to stop those thoughts on repeat. Connect with your actions in the moment. When you slowly breath in and out, tell yourself “I am now breathing in; I am now slowly breathing out and releasing what no longer serves me”.
Being in the moment is about connecting your thoughts and your actions. Practice doing this a couple of times a day. Be in the moment.