Feel like you are missing out on life? Can’t remember what happened yesterday? Feeling detached? Maybe it is time to stop and tune in to your life. We live in a time where everything is fast paced – mobile phones, computers and microwaves. We have pressure from all ends – work, family and bills. It is really easy to get consumed with ALL of the stuff.
However, if you are fed up and frustrated with missing out on the simple things and you want to live a richer life, you can do it today. As a matter of fact, you can do it right now by learning how to LIVE IN THE PRESENT.
Tomorrow does not exist. Yesterday is gone forever but our lives are happening right here and right now. No two minutes are the same, each one represents a new experience in your life, so why not make it a point to get the most out of each moment?
If you are ready to take back your experiences and live richly, here are a few suggestions on how to get started:
- Get out of your head – If you are wrapped up in your own thoughts you are not tuned in to life happening around you. Instead you are most likely operating on autopilot and immersed in your thoughts. Get out of your head by stopping and tuning in to the world. Purposely listen to the sounds that fill up the room, the buzzing of the refrigerator, the clinking furnace, the branch tapping on the window. Go outside and listen to nature’s symphony. Focus on colors and touch the various textures that surround you. Inhale and smell the air, maybe you will detect fragrant flowers or freshly baked chocolate chip cookies. Look for things that you haven’t noticed before, like your neighbor painted their fence red. The point is to experience life with all your senses.
- Listen to people when they speak. I’m sorry but many of us just do not listen to what other people have to say because we are busy listening to our own thoughts while pretending to listen (uh-huh, yeah… ). Again quiet your voice in your head, cease with your opinions and just listen to the words that are coming out of the other person’s mouth. Look at his facial expression when he talks. Look in his eyes and give your full attention. You already know what you know, so be quiet and maybe you will learn something new.
- Slow Down – In the day and age of multi-tasking, try putting down the list of to-dos and focus on doing only one thing at a time. Keep your attention on the task at hand and enjoy it. Even if it is washing the dishes, feel the warm water and the silky suds between your fingers and concentrate on getting that dish squeaky clean.
- Just Breathe – Sometimes we just have to stop all the activity and take in a few cleansing breaths. Concentrate on drawing the air in to your lungs and pushing it out. Breathing exercises are a good way to reset your mind. It also helps for you to relax.
- Find Joy – Push agendas and preoccupations out of your mind, no phone, no tablet, no headphones. Free yourself from being responsible and put down your obligations for a few minutes. If only for five minutes – don’t think about the next thing that you have to do. Don’t worry about dinner, or who needs you. Within those minutes you are not responsible for anything but just BEING.
- Be Grateful – Look around and count all that is good. If you can walk, that is good. If you can talk, that is good. If you have a place to lay your head at night, good. Your family is healthy, good. List as many things that you can. Look for the small things that we take for granted like being able to turn on the heater when it is cold. Just take your time and appreciate your blessings.
Our lives can be a lot fuller and richer if we take time to stay present and experience what it is offering. Are you ready to make the change today?