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Living in the Moment!

With today’s technology, it seems as though many of us struggle to be in the present moment.  Instead, we spend more time focusing on what happened in the past or what may happen in the future.

Does the above scenario describe you? If I am being honest; I must admit, there are many times when I am not in the moment. It seems all too easy to get caught up in cell phones, social media, and a variety of other devices and distractions.

My son recently celebrated his fourth birthday which has made me reflect on how fast time flies by, and, if I spend too much time thinking about yesterday or tomorrow, I will likely miss the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of right now!

Is it possible that by spending more time in the moment, our health may also improve? As it turns out, being in the present moment (also known as mindfulness) may have a positive impact on both mental and physical health.1

What are the health benefits of mindfulness?

According to an article from News In Health, mindfulness is an ancient practice that involves “being completely aware of what’s happening in the present—of all that’s going on inside and all that’s happening around you.”1

The potential health benefits of living a mindful life are many, some of which include:

How can you practice mindfulness?

Mindfulness can be practiced throughout the day by doing a few simple things: pausing to notice your breathing, feeling your feet on the ground, and/or stopping to take a closer look at your surroundings.1

The following is a list of ideas on how I plan to become more mindful:

  • I will put my cell phone away at family meals and work on putting my phone away during family get togethers
  • I will remember that not every moment needs to be captured by picture or video. I am sure social media will survive, and so will I, if I stop posting each moment of my day!
  • I will focus on enjoying the company of others by truly listening and to really take to heart that we have two ears and one mouth for a reason!
  • I will take a deep breath when I start to feel distracted and work on refocusing on my surroundings. Where am I, who am I with, and what am I doing.
  • I try to focus less on what’s happening tomorrow, next week, or next month and focus on what is going on right now.

Maybe some of my goals are ambitious but I hope that I can start to follow through with some of them, even if I get off track from time to time.

What do you do to stay in the present moment? Please share your experiences with the community.

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  1. Mindfulness Matters. Can Living in the Moment Improve Your Health? NIH News In Health Web site. Accessed July 31, 2018. Published January 2012.