I often write about the importance of living in the present moment, but I also often find it very hard to do so. I love the site, zenhabits.net. Today in Building Your Strength in the Present Moment, he writes about living in the moment and how important it is to achieving your goals. He also gives some good ideas on how to achieve a more mindful and productive life through simple daily practices.
Here is an exercise given in the article to help you realize how good or bad at living in the moment you actually are, you should give it a try:
Close your eyes and be very deliberate with your thoughts. I don’t want you to think about what happened yesterday, or what you plan on doing later today.
Do nothing but focus on your breathing, counting each inhalation and exhalation as 1 breath.
Count 1 … 2 … 3 … and so forth.
Set a timer on your smartphone and do this for the next sixty seconds.
All right, so now that you’re reading again, if you made it the entire minute without interruption, congratulations. You’re doing very well when it comes to giving deliberate focus to your daily tasks and objectives.
However, I imagine your mind wandered far past counting your breaths. If you’re like most people (myself included), you were inundated with thoughts of your to-do list, what you’re going to eat for dinner, that you forgot to put on deodorant, or wondering if you turned off the curling iron at home.
The truth is we hardly ever give all of our attention to the present moment.
This is problematic because we aren’t getting the most out of our work, and we’re robbing ourselves of results later on.
Read more at zenhabits.net. Until next time, stay strong, beautiful and focused. 🙂