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Do you feel that you’re not enjoying the present moment?
Recently, I’ve learnt to appreciate both the small and big things in life. As a student and blogger, I’ve been in the hustle mindset for many years, and I’ve never stopped and appreciated the present moment.
We live in a world where we’re always looking to increase our productivity or monetize our side hustle. In this world, we feel the pressure to adopt a hustle mentality and become a productive member of the working society.
But, we never have time to stop and listen to ourselves and the world around us.
We feel it’s our responsibility to think of the next step, whether it’s our next project or the next to-do-list we need to complete. This results in us determining success based on how productive we are, compared to our own definition of success.
But, what if we started to appreciate the present moment?
It wasn’t until I had a burn-out when I learnt the importance of appreciating the present moment. Life should be a journey, not a competition between whose the most successful.
In this post, I will share the importance of living in the present moment and introduce five exercises that have helped me to live in the present moment.
Why it’s important to live in the present moment?
‘Time is an illusion’ – Eckhart Tolle (The Power of Now)
We feel the pressure to stay productive from morning to night.
This is because we are influenced by the success stories of those whose hard work paid off. For example, we’ve all heard of the success story when an individual who hustled day and night, on every day of the week, became a 6-figure entrepreneur.
Although it’s important to be productive during working-hours, focusing on the past and future prevents you from enjoying the moments that matter most. Whether it’s enjoying playing with your cuddly friend or going on a walk with your family.
Eventually, you will begin to feel regretful about the moments you missed, even after achieving your ultimate life goals.
According to Lifehack, there are many benefits to living in the present moment, including:
- Improving your physical and mental health: Studies have found a reduction in your anxiety and stress levels will result in an improvement in your physical health, such as ‘blood pressure, heart disease and obesity.’
- Better work-life balance: You will begin to appreciate the moments that matter most, such as solitude and relaxation hours. As a result, you will acknowledge the importance of having a better work-life balance.
- Improvements in your relationships: This is because both friends and family will feel that they are being listened to, and this will build a relationship based on reciprocity.
5 ways to live in the present moment
Despite feeling impatient and frustrated with where you are in your journey right now, after reading this post, you will learn to appreciate the present moment.
1. Observe your thoughts
In the hustle mindset, you will often forget to check on how you are feeling at this very moment. There is a MASSIVE stigma attached to observing your negative thoughts.
This is because you may feel that observing these thoughts will lead to a manifestation of a negative physical event, but that’s far from being true.
I have learnt from the book The Power of Now the importance of observing your thoughts. In the moment of feeling pain, whether it’s thinking of an experience or worrying about the future, observe the thought and ‘feel the energy within you.’
This exercise will allow you to become the ‘watcher of the pain-body,’ and it can no longer influence you.
For example, as a content creator, I often worry about whether the content I produce will be valuable to you. However, after completing this exercise, I have learnt that there are things I cannot control. I can control the quality of my content, but I cannot control whether you will like my content.
I have included this exercise in my Free 5 Day Mindset Email Course. An email course to help you challenge your negative mindset and move further towards living the life you love. This Free 5 Day Email Course includes both detailed emails and worksheets that will allow you to challenge your limiting beliefs. You can join the Free 5 Day Email Course here.
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2. Kriya Meditation
I first discovered Kriya Meditation after watching Lavendiare’s video. The Kriya Meditation is a meditation dedicated to helping you have a ‘fresh start to life.’
It involves completing three positions within 9 minutes whilst controlling your breathing.
I’ve only done this meditation for under a month, but it has allowed me to both appreciate the present moment and build patience.
This is because the meditation is meant to be completed within 40-days, and within these 40-days you will learn the importance of being patient with where you are in your journey right now.
If you would like to learn more about Kriya meditation, I would highly recommend watching Lavendaire’s video on it here.
3. Find hobbies you enjoy
Create space in your daily routine to take part in activities you enjoy. For instance, every day I have dedicated time to both reading and listening to music before bed. Both of these hobbies have allowed me to enjoy the present moment, since I’ve focused less on the past and future.
There many other hobbies you can enjoy including:
- Dancing (I would highly recommend STEEZY!)
- Digital drawing
- Bullet journaling
- Playing board games
- Learning a language
And many more…
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4. Morning Pages
Another exercise to help you live in the present moment is writing morning pages. Morning pages involve taking a few minutes in the morning everyday to write down all of your worries.
There many ways to write morning pages, including using a notebook, app or a digital notetaker on your laptop.
I have found after writing my morning page; it clears my mind from my worries, helping me to start the day in a clear and mindful state. I would highly recommend using the app Day One, as you will be able to both access on your phone and backup your journal onto Cloud without losing it. You can learn more about the app Day One here.
5. Step away from social media
In every moment, we are all influenced by those we surround ourselves with, whether physical or digital people. I have found that stepping away from social media has allowed me to stay in the present moment.
This is because social media leads to you focusing on the past and future rather than the present. For example, in the past when I had spent too much time on social media it resulted in me comparing myself to those online, whether it was about making a past mistake or worrying about my purpose in life.
Therefore, stepping away from social media will allow you to live in the present moment.
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I hope this post has both helped and encouraged you to live in the present moment. Once you learn to live in the present moment, you’ll appreciate the moments that matter most.
Here’s a reminder of the five ways to live in the present moment:
- Observe your thoughts
- Kriya Meditation
- Find hobbies you enjoy
- Morning Pages
- Step away from technology
I have created a Free 5 Day Mindset Email Course that will help you challenge your negative mindset. This includes worksheets on identifying your limiting beliefs, creating sustainable habits, and creating a mindset action plan.
Once you learn the tools and tips needed to challenge your limiting beliefs, you will take more steps towards living the life you love. You can join the Free Email Course here.