So many of us struggle to live within the present moment since we think too much about what will happen in the future instead of enjoying what we have right now.
We do not realise that we can miss out on potential opportunities when we do not focus on the now. Our society has conditioned us to think ahead and plan our lives in advance. This has put a lot of pressure on us often causing us to think negatively, which is not conducive to living a happy and balanced life.
It’s not so easy to tell another person to live in the present, especially if they have been wired to think a certain way for the majority of their life. I was advised to do exactly this, but found it quite difficult. I would aim to live in the present, but would fall by the wayside by thinking too much about the future. Fear can hold us back from being at peace in order to enjoy the present.
Accept that you cannot control everything in life
The past has been and the future is yet to come. We literally have no control over these two factors. The last thing you would want to do is agonize over them. Life is short and should be enjoyed. What you can take away from the past are the life lessons and ensure that you do not make the same mistakes. You want to better prepare yourself for what is yet to come.
Time to look introspectively
This is actually one of the best times to get to know oneself when you start addressing past behaviors, which stop you from living in the present. You will start to see things as trivial and not so important anymore. Looking introspectively helps you become more conscious and aware of your thoughts. The more you understand your thoughts, the easier you will find it to live in the present. This was one of the reasons why I could not live in the present since I was unable to identify myself and my thoughts.
No more stress and anxiety
Did you know that when you focus on the now and make the most of it, your levels of stress will reduce drastically. This is due to the fact that you just live instead of overthinking. We will think about the next 5 minutes instead of the next 5 years. When we stop worrying and stressing, we extend the longevity of our lives. For a good proportion of my life, I worried myself aimlessly and ended up being sick many times as a result. Once you start practicing enjoying the now, your life will improve for the better.
Accept the fact that things may not go your way as expected
In life, we can plan as much as we would like too. But bear in mind that these plans may not follow through in the way you would like them too. In this day and age, it’s great to be flexible to plan change in order to not get disappointed. There are outcomes which we cannot control. Do note that if plans change, do not take the changes personally as the changes may not have anything to do with you. I have learnt that you just have to continue on and keep living.
Generating positivity and happiness
Ever since I started meditating, I focus fully on the present and generating good vibes. I believe that enjoying the present can help you become happier. At the end of the day, happiness is a choice but if we think positively this will help you generate happiness. We will finally be at peace too. Again, be mindful of what is happening around you. We all have the capability to live in the present, but we need to see the positives in order to follow this through.
In closing, I will leave you all with another piece of friendly advice. Do not feel afraid to let go and live some moments just for you! Enjoy your life the way you would like to and not how others would like you to live your life. We all have our own subjective perceptions, but do not let them control you. Be a free spirit instead!
By Caroline Peart
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