“The key to success is to focus our conscious mind on things we desire not things we fear.” ~Brian Tracy
The many benefits of living in the present moment are proven, and readily available. When you practice present moment living, the many stressors of the mind do not have the power to affect your daily life.
However, if you’ve ever tried to stay in the present for a long period of time, you’ll notice that your brain automatically wanders to thought and speculation about your past and future. This is typical as you begin to learn how to focus on the present moment.
Present Moment Thinking Takes Practice!
Even some of the most skilled present moment thinkers encounter times when they have difficulty concentrating. With practice, it becomes easier, but there will always be times here and there when you get distracted.
When you first begin to think in the present moment, you may feel impatient and frustrated. Unaddressed, frustration will only cloud your thinking, and is the opposite of what you’ve set out to accomplish. Instead, look at it as a mechanism for success. If you’re frustrated, then you are aware when your mind starts to wander and you can return it back to the present.
Starting With Meditation
Meditation is an excellent discipline, based on the notion of being in the present moment. Try to make time for at least a short meditation daily, choosing the same time each day if possible for best results.
You can research traditional methods of meditation, or you can simply discover your own practice. It’s best to get yourself into a comfortable seated position and then begin following your breath. Take slow, deep breaths, one at a time, because you’re in no rush.
Meditating allows you to practice staying in the present moment during a time that you’re alone and avoiding distractions. You’ll be able to notice the times when your mind is really active versus the times when you’re calmer. Once you’ve mastered this awareness, you can begin to apply your skills to other portions of your day to expand the amount of time that you spend in the present moment.
Making Time for Yourself
It sounds simple enough, but one of the most difficult obstacles to present moment thinking seems to be just making time for you.
You might tell yourself that it’s time to meditate, but your mind nags you to accomplish one more chore before bedtime. Before you know it, you feel as if you don’t have any additional time for yourself. This is when you need to put your foot down and make it a priority.
Practicing During Everyday Life
The next step is to practice while you’re going through the motions of everyday life. Of course, you’ll want to reference your past and future during certain times. It’s to be expected; however, make an effort to avoid letting your mind dwell outside the present. Make your decisions using the past and future as necessary, and then move on with your life in the present.
After you’ve mastered some meditation techniques, try meditating during those times of the day when you’re doing something on autopilot. Instead of allowing your mind to wander, stay present as you engage in activities like brushing your teeth or waiting for the coffee to be ready.
As you continue to practice, you’ll begin to recognize the value in realizing that today is all we really have, and you will start to notice a vast amount of opportunities where you can stay in the present moment. Taking a daily mind vitamin can help you stay positive, focused and upbeat!