Being present and being mindful are excellent practices for health and wellness. They are also a great way to reduce stress and stay connected to the experience that you are having.
We continuously live on autopilot, and we are often distracted by external forces, events, distractions, and stimuli all the time, which keeps us from being present in the moment.
Why Is Being Present Important?
This quote by Ramdass sums up the most basic tenet of Mindfulness, “The next message you need is always right where you are.” Ram Dass.
Being in the present moment is referred to as staying in the “here and now.” Being mindfully present and aware of the moment you are living in right now has many benefits.
Let’s check out some of the reasons why you should live in the present moment.
3 Exercises For Living In The Present Moment
1. Visualize Your Daily Goals; Take time each morning to visualize your goals. Because when you imagine your goals, you are making it more likely to become more mindful daily. After all, Mindfulness is a habit and a practice.
See yourself doing each goal and finish each goal during this visualization. Quickly do this for each thing on your list of to-do items today. Sometimes the mental rehearsal helps you in the process of completing your daily tasks.
2. Do A Body Scan; The body scan is a way to attune to and get in touch with your body; it’s also a suitable method for entering a mindful state. Please do this in the morning to make it a ritualistic way to get your day a positive start.
Sit or lay and take some slow deep breaths. Notice the way your breath enters and exits your lungs. Feel the air intake into your lungs and feel your chest expand.
Do a mental scan from head to toe slowly. Check your feelings and the sensations you perceive through every part of your body.
This exercise also teaches you to notice when your body is feeling different than usual. Being attuned to your body’s sensations is excellent for your health and develops self-awareness.
3. Journaling can help you settle your mind, clarify your thoughts, and attend to one thing at a time. You can use journaling to start your day right or close it mindfully.
Just take a few minutes of intentional time that you set in your schedule to write whatever needs to be expressed on the page.
Writing out thoughts and feelings can bring about a new awareness of events or be an outlet for your senses. Writing is a great activity to allow you to be present to moments in your life, and it’s also a purifying and therapeutic practice.
Being mindful and present is accessible to everyone!
However, to develop it as a habit takes work, patience, and practice, and it’s worth adding the three techniques mentioned above to help you be present to the moments and events in your life.
Try out various methods and practices to help you learn to be more mindful. Have fun experiment with new, fun, and creative ways to add Mindfulness and presence to your daily routine.