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Stay in the Present Moment

  • January 2, 2018
  • By Sophie
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Stay in the Present Moment

There is only one time and place where you can be and have any control over:

The present moment.

If you spend a lot of your time in the future or in the past and you feel this may have a negative effect on you,  maybe you want to learn to stay more in the present moment.

There is often a tendency to navigate between the past and the future without really enjoying the present moment. Here are 16 tips to stay here, now … and really enjoy it !

Say thank you

In a moment when we feel that we get lost thinking about our future preoccupations or what we will have one day (far!), just take the time to write down spontaneously three things that you already own and that makes you feel good.

 




Listen to your favorite song

Just put our headphones and  listen to our favorite song as many times as you want and come back to the present moment.

Surround yourself with quotations

Collect beautiful thoughts that make you feel good : on Post-it notes on our desk, on Pinterest , on our walls.

Breathe

When we are upset as much by the past or the future, our breathing accelerates. To calm down and come back to the present, do breathing exercises. You can even have applications on our smart phones to help you.

All Our senses awake

To return to the present moment, we appeal to our senses. We complete phrase with : “I feel …”, “I see …”, “I hear …”, etc.




Mantra

There are mantras to repeat when we feel that our emotions are derailed forwards or backwards. Suggestions? “Here, there, now. “I stay in this moment. “Or” I’m here. “

One thing at a time

Even if it is not easy, we try to do one thing at a time, by performing only one task, we ensure that our mind remains in the present moment.

Realize That the now is all we have

“The past is just a story and the future is a complete mystery. This is it. Now.”

Realize that you can’t predict anything

Even if it makes you feel better. How many times have you played over possible future scenarios in your head to find there’s no way you could have predicted what was going to happen?

Accept your thoughts and work with them.

Do you focus on the past or on the future too much?  If you tend to live in the past, know that you did exactly what you could with the knowledge you had at the time.

If you live more in the future, write down why a certain event or person is worrying you and read it over. Do you really, genuinely have cause to be anxious? If you do, act on it. If you don’t, let it go.

Follow your passion.

There’s nothing better than that feeling of being completely enjoying what you’re doing. That’s the now. That’s why  you’re feeling so good. Make time for your hobbies and passions.

Pay attention to the feeling of complete presence as you do it and learn to incorporate that feeling more and more into your everyday life.

 

Base on these tips I think it will be easier for you to choose 1 to 3 resolutions to follow this month to help stay in the present moment. As an example here is my 2 resolutions for the month of January .

  1. Meditate for 15 minutes every day
  2. Start a gratitude diary

If you would like to share your resolutions, please feel free to do so in the comments below !

Here is a list of books that are awesome to read, they will help you with the focus of this month. You can probably find these book at your public library, if not, they are on amazon.

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References :

The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment, Eckhart Tolle

The way of the wizard; Twenty spiritual lessons for creating the life you want: Deepak Chopra

Small Graces: The Quiet Gifts of Everyday Life, Kent Nerburn

A Guide to The Present Moment by Noah Elkrief 

Here is a short story that got my attention a few years ago, and now I read eat often, in fact a have in my planner so I don’t forget about it .

An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy.
“It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.” He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.”
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”
The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

 

This is exciting guys ! I hope you will start this challenge and  if you would like to share your resolutions, please feel free to do so in the comments below !

If you like to find more about the next challenges to come you can visit the page 30 days to a better you

“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.”

Buddha

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By Sophie, January 2, 2018
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  • Vera
    January 4, 2017

    1. For this month I will meditate daily 15-20 min.

    2. Follow my passion by doing 1 drawing every day.

    3. Read quotation that I posted on Pinterest (and also add new occasionally) for 10 minutes,

    • Sophie
      January 5, 2017

      Awesome ! I’m doing meditation too every morning the first thing in the morning. I also looooove the fact the you will do 1 drawing per day !

  • Bepa
    January 5, 2017

    4. Start each day with “thank you…”

  • Bepa
    January 5, 2017

    Thank you Sophie for your comments. I decided to revise January resolution by having 3 January’s challenges.

    1. Start each day with “thank you…”
    2. Meditate daily 15-20 minute.
    3. Do 1 drawing every day.

  • Bepa
    January 6, 2017

    Sophie
    Do you recommend the four books above for this month? All od them? I clicked the unsubscribe button by accudent. What to do?

    • Sophie
      January 6, 2017

      Hello Bepa, These are all good books, but Personally I think you should choose one to start. You can check in your public library to see if they have it in stuck . For the unsubscribe button I can add your email back to list no problem. 🙂

  • Bepa
    January 7, 2017

    Hello Sophie
    Today I monitor my thoughts often and try to stay in present.
    I already created a habit of watching my negative thoughts when I don’t feel good,so this month I will focus more on living in present. I am aware that we are happier that way.

  • Bepa
    January 7, 2017

    Hello Sophie
    Today I monitor my thoughts often and try to stay in present.
    I already created a habit of watching my negative thoughts when I don’t feel good,so this month I will focus more on living in present. I am aware that we are happier that way.

  • Bepa
    January 14, 2017

    I do meditate and say Tnanks regularly now.
    I do my art but need to ketch up for the days when my dog got sick.
    Now, things are better.
    Doing art for me is the best way to be in NOW instantly.

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