It’s becoming more and more difficult to live in the present moment. This fast-paced world of ours has made us all over-worked, over-connected, and over-stimulated. Most of us totally zone out as we run from one task to the next (work, school, social obligations), or we bury our faces in our phones and never stop to smell the proverbial roses.
If this sounds like you then it’s time to slow down and really “be” in the present moment. Below are some tips on how to do just that.
Put the Phone Down
Have you ever gone to a concert and watched the entire thing through your phone’s screen? Stop! It’s unlikely you’ll ever watch that video again, so put your phone away and really soak in the concert.
This goes for many other occasions in life, too. Out to lunch with friends? Put the phone down. Walking to work? Put the phone down. The present moment is what happens when you aren’t staring at a screen.
Or lunch, or dinner. Whatever it is, make time in your day to sit down and enjoy a meal. The key is to make it a bit of a ceremony (i.e., don’t shovel cereal in your face while hovering over the kitchen sink.) Instead, sit down at a table with a cup of coffee and soak in this time for yourself.
Take a few moments each day to be still and clear your mind. During this time you should put away your phone, get comfortable, and take a few deep breaths.
Silence can be excruciating at first since we are all so used to a constant influx of information, but stick with it and it’ll get easier. The more you do it, the more you’ll start to crave these moments of meditation and the more you’ll find yourself being present in other aspects of your life.
Now, what are you waiting for? Go ahead enjoy it, live in the moment. 🙂