Where is your mind right now? Are you fully engaged with what you're doing? Or are your going through the motions while you're thinking about your infinite to-do list or replaying a previous interaction. Without being in the present moment we cannot be truly productive or take pleasure in life.
What is The Present Moment
What is The Present Moment?
Article / ByMyrko Thum
Everything that happens, happens in the present moment. We have no access to any other point in time except for the present moment, or the now. To be in the present moment we need to stop thinking about the past and the future - it's that simple really.
"The more I practice mindful awareness, the more I learn what it is and what it isn't. What it isn't is hours spent in the lotus position, eyes closed, blissfully deep in meditation." Debbie Woodbury's husband says, "It's the little things." I agree. Here's Debbie's list of little things to help you enjoy the present moment.
Peter Bregman meditates for 20 minutes every morning. He shares his experience of mediation and what the benefits are for him. These include higher productivity by being able to stay focussed and resist distractions. Peter also has some instructions to get you started with a five minute meditation.
Jay Dixit is a science writer based in New York. He is on a quest to get out of his head and live in the present moment. He shares some practical tips that have helped him. Try using your senses to appreciate your surroundings.
Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life
Book / ByThich Nhat Hanh
This book is about enjoying every single moment. Whether you're walking, eating, driving, or mowing the lawn you can learn to be happy in that moment. It is a joy to read, and you'll find yourself slowing down and savouring the pages.
Yes, this book is by Ruby Wax the comedian. It is about understanding our minds and putting mindfulness into practice. I found the book entertaining and easy to read. She uses simple language so it's all very easy to digest. So, in Ruby's own words, "If you learn how to self-regulate your moods, emotions and thoughts, and focus your mind on what you want to pay attention to rather than be dragged into distraction, you might just reach that illusive thing called happiness."
I am the founder of SelfCentr.com. I love reading personal development books and try very hard to implement the stuff that resonates with me. For the most part I am paralysed by fear and indulge in the fine art of proscrastination. So it's small changes for me.
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