There are many amazing benefits to being more present and mindful by living in the moment.
One of the greatest habits we can form is the ability to be in the present moment, fully and completely with no thoughts of being anywhere else.
Henry David Thoreau “He is blessed over all mortals who loses no moment of the passing life in remembering the past.”Click to tweet
Developing the habit of living in the now is the key to true happiness, being not in the past, not in the future, but in the now.
We waste such precious time consciously and unconsciously by longing to be somewhere else, or be someone else. We can change this dilemma by forming the habit by becoming more aware of what is going on in our inner world of thinking.
Have you ever wanted to get more out of your life? Sure you have!
Being present in the moment helps you to see when you are feeling fear or resistance, anger or resentment. Everything that is showing up is a mirror of what you are putting out, or who and what you are being. I like to call this your vibrational reader meter. The key is to work with those difficulties mindfully. What is showing up is your gauge to mindfully observe what is showing up; and to adjust your vibration to a higher frequency by aligning with the feeling of what you really want.
How is your energetic vibration affecting you? What is Your Vibrational Reader Meter showing you about what you are putting out consciously or unconsciously?
Whether you are aware of it or not… Everything is energy (vibration) or frequency. Once you know about the role energy vibrations play in shaping your life. It’s possible to consciously raise your frequency by shifting the vibration you are being in in any present moment. Simply said, shift up to a higher vibration in the present.
Right now, the average level of energy is around 207 —and this is because throughout our lives, we accumulate hidden energy blockages and negative conditioning that holds us back from higher vibrations.
Instead, we find excuses. You might say to yourself, “I’m too tired” or “I’m too busy” or “I don’t have the free time.”
It’s said there are no coincidences in life. If you’re reading these words now, it’s because deep down, you know you’re meant to do more with your life.
That’s all great, but how do you remember to practice being present? It’s so easy to get caught up in our thoughts and distractions, and forget to practice. As with any habit we have or have not changed, we all know that it takes intention, commitment, awareness and mindfulness in being present in today. There is today only!
You have plenty of time to make lasting change in your life, and you probably don’t even know it. The truth is that it takes baby steps and mindfulness as if today was all that existed. Honestly, no one is perfect! It has taken desire and practice on my part too. I have healed and am still healing from the school of perfectionism. It’s a continual learning process, not something that happens over night, and your problems are gone. It takes baby steps each day to heal and release what is no longer serving us. Each person has similar and different programs running within them, but the more you are present in each day mindful and aware of what is presenting itself in today for you, you will notice over time how light, and easy life is getting. How you feel aligned and one with the abundance joy, peace and beauty that is everywhere present in every moment.
If you’re looking for a happier, more successful and more enlightened life, then you should aim to overcome your energy blockages, and raise your energetic frequency to a higher state of love by learning to live in the present moment.
Rituals can be incredibly powerful tools.
So with that in mind, here are some practical ways to practice living in the present:
- Set Intentions. To disregard thoughts of negativity, judgement against yourself or others. When you find yourself judging yourself, anyone or anything in your present moment, see if you can replace it with a thought love. For example, If you become judgmental in a conversation, simply notice with awareness and shift your thinking to, “I am going to spend the next few moments just seeing the face of God in this person and loving them for who they are, nothing more.” Letting go of this judgment brings you back to being fully in the present moment. Other examples are, If you’re about to do a work task, read email, read a book, cook dinner … you can pause just before starting, and think for a second about what your intention for that activity might be. What are you hoping to create with this activity? For me, I might cook dinner out of love for my family or myself. I might write a blog post (like this one) out of love for my readers. I might do a workout out of love for myself, and to set a good example for my kids. I process email out of responsibility and consideration for those trying to communicate with me. By setting an intention, it reminds you to be mindful of what you want to do in any activity.
- Develop A Regular Meditation Practice. Form the simple habit of meditating for just five minutes a day to start with. After you wake up, simply sit comfortably and try to focus on your breath for five minutes. Breathe deeply through your nose, and exhale with a sigh from your mouth. When your mind wanders, because it will just notice it and gently return to the breath, without any thought and choose to let it go. Set a timer, and when the timer goes off, you’re done! If you feel like expanding it to a longer time weekly, feel free to do so. The benefit of this regular practice is that you gain tools you can practice throughout your day to raise your energy vibration.
- Mindfulness Bells. You could have a chime regularly sound off on your phone (numerous apps do this) to remind you to pause and be mindful of what’s going on right now in your moment. I use a Buddha mindful gong app that allows you to set it for as long as you want, or once every hour to remind you to take a moment to be mindful. Notice when you are wishing your life was different, you were someone you were someone else or somewhere else. Other ways I’ve found it useful to practice being in the here and now is by taking a moment to view someone you loves face, enjoying the awareness of eating a meal you enjoy, visualize a green traffic light as everything is beautiful in this moment of today. Each of these can be a reminder to be present when you notice them. Whatever it is that works for you, practice being more mindful of being here now.
- Accountability Partner or Partners. Having a regular accountability group or partner to meditate with helps to lock your new habit and rituals in. You support each other with your intention to practice living in the present, and can share with each other any struggles or awareness’s that may arise with being present in the moment. If you don’t have a practice group in your area, there are many meetup groups or Facebook groups you can find. Maybe even start one of your own!
- Reflect Daily. At the beginning of and at the end of each day, take a minute to journal or just reflect on what has shown up in today. I like to begin by making a statement: “It’s going to be a great day!” At the end, ask yourself, how have you done with practicing being present in only today? In what areas have you struggled? Have you been using your tools that make it easier like your mindfulness bells and setting intentions? What resistance has come up for you, what self-talk have you been using with yourself? Daily reflection is one of the most useful new habits for practicing living in the moment.
- See all that is showing up as a Teacher. As we discussed earlier, everything is showing up because of who you are being, and what you are putting out. When you’re feeling anger or frustration with someone, feeling stressed out by work, feeling anxious, fearful or worried… pause and see this person or situation as a teacher. What can you learn from them about being present? What are you attached to and what is your vibrational reader meter showing you that is causing this experience to appear and demonstrate? Where is your attention that is causing you to feel this way? Then ask yourself the question whenever something that doesn’t feel good shows up. What is it I really want? How can you practice taking baby steps while being aware and present in the moment?
Let go and feel what you really want is happening now! How can you appreciate this moment by aligning more with the feeling of what you want, rather then what you don’t want? Every difficulty, every person, everything that shows up and mirrors itself to you in the present moment can be a loving teacher that is helping you along the path to being present. I like to say; what is being revealed is showing up to be healed.”
~ Sherry Gideons