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8 Ways to Start Living in the Moment Today
Have you ever noticed how children live in the moment? They never worry about past problems or long-term goals. Being present is a bit like channeling your inner child. Try to let go of the tendency to “do” all the time and simply “be.”
Here are eight mindful practices that help engage your “being” mode:
When waiting in a line, engage your awareness
Notice the colors and sounds around you. Or challenge yourself to maintain awareness of your feet in contact with the floor for 10 full breaths.
When you’re stopped at a red traffic light, chill out
You have a choice: You can feel frustrated and impatient, or you can do a traffic-light meditation. Nourish yourself with three refreshing, mindful breaths.
The next time the phone rings, let it ring three times
Use that time to breathe and smile. Telesales companies know that customers can “hear the smile” on the phone, and ask employees to smile when they’re on calls. If you smile, you’ll feel more patient and happier when you speak.
Change your daily routine
If you normally drive to work, try walking or cycling for part of the journey. Or take a slightly different route on the school run. Or speak to different friends or colleagues at work.
Take up a new hobby
When you change your habits, you engage different pathways in the brain. You instinctively wake up to the moment and just are.
Make a list of all the things you need to do. Then prioritize. Ensure that you put mindfulness at the top of the list!
Put fun activities — like reading a novel or taking the kids to the movies — on your to-do list. Non-urgent activities serve as breathers between blocks of energy-draining “doing” mode. And while you’re participating in the fun activities, fight any feelings of guilt that may try to creep in.
Designate one day per week that’s relatively technology-free. A beeping phone and constant Internet connection encourage you to switch on “doing” mode. If you work a normal nine-to-five week, choose Sunday as your day to go without. Take the kids for a walk in the park, play a game or, if it’s raining, read a book.