Be here now. This is the mantra that we should following during our waking hours. We spend way too much time thinking about the past and worrying about the future. By the end of the day, we are mentally and emotionally drained.
If we practice mindfulness we will actually be able to gain energy throughout the day. Mindfulness is a practice that you can do during the day when you are not formally doing your sitting meditation. By living in the now, you will reduce your stress and be much more happy.
This article talks about 5 simple ways to stay focused on the present. The 5 ways are:
1. Count your blessings.
Think about that in your life for which you are grateful. Acknowledge the abundance that you already have in your life. Say “thank you” often to confirm (to yourself and to others) that you genuinely appreciate even the little things.
2. Stop and smell the roses.
Notice the richness of your surroundings and what each of your five senses are perceiving. Whether you are taking a walk on a beautiful day or quietly folding laundry at home, pause for a moment to notice the details that are part of your experience.
3. Observe your breath.
Don’t try to control it, but simply pay attention to its rhythm. Then start to bring awareness into every part of your body. This is a powerful way to reconnect with the unchanging “aliveness” that exists within you, which is separate from your thoughts.
4. Make eye contact.
It’s hard not to be fully present when you are staring another person in the eye. Be a good listener. When you interact with someone, try to really tune in to not only what they are saying, but how they are saying it.
5. Take a hint from those who seem to get it.
Observe your children, grandchildren or pets. Notice how they seem always to be immersed in whatever is “now,” rather than being dragged down with regret or worry. Or take a cue from anyone in your life who seems to “live in the now.”