In life, there’s a tendency to reminisce about the past and worry about the future. However, by doing so, you’ll miss out on all that’s happening in the present moment. The truth is that if you focus on what’s happening in your life right now, you won’t find yourself reminiscing about this very moment in time years afterwards, and you won’t feel remorseful for neglecting to appreciate all that was great around you at the time. As for the future, you can worry about it once the future’s actually here. That way, you won’t waste your energy on things that aren’t even going to end up having any impact on your life. Plus, it allows you to focus all of your time and attention on what’s happening right now. Of course, trying to break the habit of spending too much time thinking about either the past or the future is going to take a while for you to get used to. But if you regularly use the mindfulness tips below, you’ll find yourself well on your way to always living in the present moment.
Pay Attention to Your Senses
Throughout the day, your senses will tell you plenty about what’s going on around you. However, it’s up to you to actually pay attention to what your senses are trying to say. During a meal, you can choose to get distracted by lingering thoughts about work. Or you can actually take note of the different aromas, colors, and flavors of the food presented before you. Paying close attention to everything your senses are trying to tell you about the food now will allow you to enjoy your meal in a way that’s not even going to be possible from simply picturing the food in your mind later on.
Never Leave Things Unsaid
Ever find yourself wanting to thank, congratulate, or express empathy towards someone, only to end up not saying a single word? You probably held off on what you wanted to say because you thought you could always do it at a later time. But what if something happens and you never get to see them again? Avoid regretting later on by saying what’s on your mind now.
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Sean Fargo is the Founder of Mindfulness Exercises, a former Buddhist monk of 2 years, a trainer for the mindfulness program born at Google, an Integral Coach from New Ventures West, and an international mindfulness teacher trainer. He can be reached at [email protected]
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