Updated: Apr 23, 2020
Perhaps you've heard this quote?
Yesterday is history.
Tomorrow is a mystery.
Today is a gift.
That's why we call it The Present.
All you have is this moment. It's a significant shift to live in the present moment. To truly experience what is happening right now, and right now, and right now. If all you had was this very moment, what would you do with it?
When we live in the past, especially if that includes ruminating about negative or upsetting experiences, we can become depressed. And when we live in the future, especially if that includes worrying about what is to come, we can become anxious. And, as humans, when we practice things, we tend to get better at them. So if we're always in the past or always in the future, our brains get really good at this behaviour of ruminating or worrying.
Living in the present moment takes practice. The more you do it, the more it will just become part of daily life. And, eventually, with lots of practice, you don't even realize that you're doing it. Living in the present moment just becomes the way that you live, and, ultimately, the way that you live more happily.
So... How do you do this? How do you live in the present moment?
There are SO many things you can do. I suggest picking a few and adding those to your life, and then a few more, and then a few more.
For Challenge #2, below is a BINGO card including different activities that require you to shift out of autopilot and come into the present moment. Try to see how many of these activities you can complete over the next week. And, if you don't know what they are, click on the BINGO card to see an explanation of each.
If you would like to read more related to present moment, here are some interesting articles:
How to Live in the Present Moment: 35 Exercises and Tools:
Present-Moment Awareness Buffers the Effects of Daily Stress:
Living in the Present Moment = More Happiness?:
And, again, practicing yoga is a mindful activity as you focus on your breath and come to the present moment. Here are a few online yoga classes that specifically focus on the present moment:
Yoga for Presence - With YogiApproved.com instructor Ashton August
A 40-minute Vinyasa Yoga Flow
Surrender and Embrace The Present Moment - With 3XOM Yoga:
A 1 hour Yin Yoga class
And a guided meditation to try too:
Guided Meditation for Being Present - From The Mindful Movement:
A 35 minute guided meditation