5 Tips to Live in the Present Moment and Be Happy
How many times do we hear of the importance of living in the present moment? Too many times do we direct our thoughts and energy towards the past or future. Because of this, we find ourselves further away from the present.
No matter what we all have going, to live in the present moment is to live where life is happening. That is why it is vital that we choose to live there. With so much going on in each of our lives, it makes sense that we anticipate, whatever is to come.
The present moment isn’t here for us to pass through. Therefore, we should be intentional in experiencing it fully.
Due to the way our lives have been shaped, many of us live with anxiety and stress. Along with that comes a sense of unhappiness. Although it may not be clear to you, these feelings could easily take us away from the present moment. And the further away from it we operate from, the more disconnected we’ll be. So how do we start to reconnect to the moment so that we start experiencing again? Before we answer this question, let us mention why living in the present is important.
Importance of Being in the MOment
Why is living in the moment important? In all honesty, I truly believe it is a key component of our mental and emotional health. It not only combats against anxiety but also limits the amount of stress we experience on a daily basis.
While many state the fad behind living in the present moment, it should really be a way of life. As a matter of fact, it’s more than just a way of life, it’s a way of BEING. That’s when we’re fully connected with who we are or and what we are doing at any given moment. Being present doesn’t mean we do not think ahead. It just means that we are not so far ahead towards tomorrow that we leave today behind.
When we are living in the present we are expressing our ability to be mindful. In doing so, we gain a happier version of ourselves. It not only helps us deal with pain better, but it also reduces our chances of deteriorating our health. When you’re in the NOW nothing else matters. The truth is, nothing else IS. It’s just us and what’s currently happening. That is where my heartbeat lives. I’ll share with you a few tips from my practice.
5 Tips to Live in the Present
One thing that I acknowledge about the present moment is the many gifts that it presents. Have you ever been in the same room with other people, but what you all saw was different? We are all experiencing this life, but what we seek will change our experience, from one person to the next.
The best thing you can do in life is show up. Being mindful gives you an opportunity to connect with yourself. It not only gives you a chance to acknowledge where you are but also the ability to transition to where you want to be.
To live in the present, sometimes it’s necessary to jot things down. So much is happening, and writing it all, helps sort it all out. Writing also helps you see things long before they happen. As my friend would once say, “Dream it Alive.”
Live the Present by Visualizing
This goes hand in hand with journaling. It is important that we start to see the things we want so that we feel them. If something isn’t real to us, it’s hard to get excited about it, isn’t it? That is why it is important that we are able to sketch in our minds what we want in front of us.
Sometimes all we need is to disconnect from our thoughts. One thing I love to do is take walks in nature. The more I am disconnected from the noise of the world, the more I find that I am connected to myself. And the more I am connected to myself, the more I can see things I wouldn’t have.
When it’s all said and done, what do we do with what’s left? At the end of the day, we all need to see how our visions stand up against where we are. The more you reflect the more you declutter your mind so that you make room for what it needs.
There’s always room for improvement. We all have things we need to work on. And we all have reasons to celebrate. Therefore, when we reflect we are better able to measure where we are in reference to where we are choosing to go.
See it, feel it, walk in it, but don’t forget to think about the journey and how it brought you to this very moment.