Being in the Present

Being in the present is probably one of the things that I find most difficult. My mind is always in the future thinking about what my next moves will be, where I want to be, how I will get there, etc. I am a person that people would call anxious.

Anxiety comes from focusing too much on the future.

Depression comes from focusing too much on the past.

Anyways. . .

All we have is the now. That is all we will ever have, all we will ever experience. Whenever we experience the future, it is because that moment comes into the now. And whenever something becomes the past, it is because that moment came from the now. We can never truly know the past or future, we will only ever have the now.

This is something that I have to constantly remind myself. The problem with thinking ahead so much is that time passes by. It makes time pass by quickly, and you end your days without ever really experiencing them, because your mind was preoccupied with thoughts of the future. What am I going to do in the next hour, 5 minutes, 30 seconds?

How to be more present, more mindful, more in the moment?

A couple things.

  1. Meditate.
    This is a big one. The act of focusing on your breath and nothing else, is the very idea of being in the moment. It will train the muscle that is mindfulness.
  2. Workout.
    A hard work out forces you to be in the moment. You will not be thinking of what you are going to do in 5 minutes when you have 225 pounds on your chest, or if you have someone trying to knock you out.
  3. Journal.
    Although journaling forces you to reflect on your past, it is an active reflection that requires focus. And if you were not mindful that day, you can remind yourself in your entries. The constant reminding will make it easier for you to go back into a mindful state.

I would recommend all of you, simpletons, to try out these tips. Being mindful will allow you to engage with life more, and be more active in your actions. Being in the now, the way that humans should be always.

-Sam

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