Benefits Of Living In The Present Moment

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Benefits Of Living In The Present Moment

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What is Living In The Moment?   

Living in the present moment has many titles, Presence, Being Present, In the Moment, In the Now, and Mindfulness. The benefits of whichever one{s} you chose to follow are within your reach. They all represent a state of being fully engaged in the Moment, both Mentally and Emotionally – a state of complete Awareness. The Now.   

“Accept – then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you chose it. Always work with it; this will miraculously transform your whole life.” Eckhart Tolle

During these states of being, we are in a highly productive flow, an Awakened state called Presence. We easily calm our mind and our emotions, allowing us to witness life more clearly. This creates an expansion of awareness, as we mindfully pause and gather information, we become an objective participant.  Void of the ego’s need to rush to judgment. 

Are You Living In Two Different Worlds?

Living two lives. One is lived in your thoughts.  A state of continual thinking, regretting the Past or fretting about the Future, which causes much of our suffering. The habit of overthinking creates an attachment to our thoughts and emotions. The mind becomes overly focused on the desire to change past events and influence future ones. 

“The Secret of health for both the Mind and the Body is not to mourn for the Past, worry about the Future, or anticipate troubles. But to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.”  The Buddha

Whenever we live in the past, we hold onto regrets, a constant quest of mind Review!  Alternately, when we live in the future, we make assumptions, fantasize about the ‘What If’s.’ Our thoughts become attached to our expected outcomes, which usually result in disappointment.  Whether they were positive or negative expectations. 

The Moments Of Now

Living in the Present moment is the key to our Awakening process.  It encourages our minds to open, to perceive the present moment. As each moment is a unique opportunity, which is missed when you are less engaged! The Present moment is the Only one available to us.  There is No moment outside of this one.

Everything else is either a memory or a dream. 

The Presence Of Stillness“Time spent in quiet contemplation is a precursor to Inner Silence.  And Inner Silence, the ability to still the mind of it’s incessant ruminating, is the precursor to Awakening.”  Ann Mortifee

As you learn to awaken fully into the moment, you experience your being as whole and complete.  Nothing is missing in this state of Being!  The pain of the past disappears, you are free of anxiety over the future. 

When your mind is in full attendance in the Present, you are free from distracting and often harmful Self-Talk. 

When living in the Present moment, you are an Awakened Being!  Grounded in the Truth and Reality of Now.  As you become more present, you sense the Oneness of Humanity.  As the illusion of separation dissolves. 

Are You Solution-Oriented Or Problem-Oriented? 

When you focus on what is occurring in the present moment, you are in touch with Reality, as the present moment is where Reality lies.

When you are present, you can access All your resources and turn off the Autopilot button.  As Autopilot is where our behavior becomes dictated by habit or by conditioning. When the switch is disengaged, it’s easier to participate in this world, relationships improve.   

Automatic thoughts and actions often mean unhealthy habits, negative mindset, believing the worst options will occur.  Mindfulness seeks to reign in the mind to avoid the autopilot response and create an alternate, more conscious choice from a new perspective.  Mindfulness is a powerful tool during our Spiritual Awakening Process, as it increases our Awareness.

Relationships are less complicated from our open attitude, where we once saw problems, we instead see solutions. For the traps of reflecting on the past, fracture our relationships.  We become the people who are not fully there, distracted and separate from those around us.

Practice Mindfulness

To be Mindful IS Living in the Present Moment, your attention is focused on what is occurring in the Present Moment.  You are aware of what is happening within your Body, Mind and Emotions…and the World around you.  We learn to train ourselves to observe more objectively without our emotions or preconceived ideas influencing our views.  It’s challenging and takes practice to overcome years of habitual thinking.  A more fulfilling life lies ahead if you choose to incorporate these simple practices.

Keep It Simple
Present Moment Shifts“The thoughts that excite you, be they beautiful or gross, become the pathway you are laying out before you.  You will have to walk this path.  Be sure that you are creating the journey you truly desire to take.”  Ann Mortifee

Mindful Meditation – Sit quietly, follow your breathe.  If the mind wanders just gently allow it to pass without attachment.  Come back to your relaxed, natural breathing. It doesn’t have to be perfect.  It is a space of time to give your mind a rest.  Begin with 5 – 10 minutes per day and increase gradually to 20 or so.

Mindful Breathing – This is just a simple refreshing break to be done anytime.  You can do this several times a day, just 10 – 15 seconds to observe your breathing.  It’s basically a mind interrupter.  Stop what you are doing and take a few mindful breaths, then resume what you were doing.

Mindful Walking –  This outdoor activity is similar to mindful breathing, but instead of focusing on your breathe you focus on your walking.  Be mindful of each step, notice the motions of your body, your arms, legs and torso.  If your mind wanders, just bring it back and continue walking.  Focus your attention on the trees, the songs in the wind, the sun on your face and just enjoy.  Nature is a part of us, allow her to re-calibrate your Being.

 

Raise Your Spiritual Vibration

All Activities Can Be Mindful – Washing dishes for instance, focus on the activity, resist letting your mind wander.  Notice the feel of the water on your hands, the motion of the sponge, it soon becomes a calming activity.  The gentle walk of bare feet on the salt water, feel the sand between your toes, the salt in the air.  The same is true of showering, ironing, or folding clothes.  Continue to bring your mind back to the present, learn to live in the moment, stop worrying and witness the Whole of Reality.  When we are Living in the Present moment we witness Life’s Ultimate Reality!

Healthy Gains

Improved Health
  • Less anxiety and stress
  • Greater sense of Well-Being
Improved Relationships
  • Physically & Mentally present
  • Deeper connections
  • Others enjoy your company
Improved Control
  • Control of your mind
  • More Peaceful
  • Less Worrying
  • See Things More Clearly

A Healthy Shift

“Stillness & Silence of nature, the absence of thought, can only be known by experiencing them through the sounds and smells, not through thoughts and words.” 

During meditation, observe your thoughts through mindful awareness, allow them to flow, do not become attached.  Mindfulness is the practice of returning back to Reality, even during meditation. 

As we Meditate regularly, our excessive thoughts tend to diminish as we become more familiar with the process. Through regular meditation, you become more at ease with the silence and stillness your Soul craves. 

Spending more time in Nature, is another valuable way to become more familiar with the profound rewards of silence and stillness on your Spiritual Journey. You begin to feel an internal shift of Peace. 

Present-Minded Shifts 

  • Gardening
  • Dancing
  • Camping
  • Yoga
  • Singing
  • Tai Chi
  • Walking Meditation
  • Gratitude Prayer

A Timeless State Exists 

There is a place within us that is beyond turmoil, a world of calm and pure Joy.  In our overstimulating world, it becomes challenging to cultivate this moment. We find ourselves doing one thing while thinking of something else. When we are fully engaged, we become more patient, expectations lessened, as our minds are Free.  

“Joy is our goal, our destiny. We cannot know who we are except in joy. Not knowing joy, we do not know ourselves. When we are without joy, we grope in the dark.  When we are centered in joy, we attain our wisdom.” Marianne Williamson

The timeless state of Joy and Happiness resides in your Inner Home when you go beyond your endless thoughts and your fears of the unknown. Your Spiritual Home, your True Nature, your Essence. Adopt a practice of daily meditation to connect with your true Self. 

In the Present, you are in touch with yourself, your Inner Essence, no longer at the mercy of how others perceive you. As you awaken to your True Nature, you become free from the many fears that possess the mind unnecessarily. You find Inner Peace, a sense of Well-being!  As calm and peace already exist in your True Nature, we lose touch when we don’t connect on a daily basis. 

Embrace the Dance,

Carol