Day 17: Hopium Dependency: Living In The Moment.


“What day is it?”

It’s today,” squeaked Piglet.

My favorite day,” said Pooh.”

A.A. Milne

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One of my favourite quotes above.

And a great reminder.

The past couple days, have been…hmmm….challenging.

You know the days when everything goes your way;

when you only hit green lights;

when the kids all do what you ask on the first (or even the first 10) requests;

when everyone feels great;

when it really just feels like the stars align?

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That has not been the last couple days.

The last couple days have been…

Well, to be honest, the kind of days that make those blissful days so, well, blissful!

However (and this is a BIG however),

in the most challenging of days there are moments that are so precious

that if you are not present and aware,

you miss them…

and man, I don’t want to miss these!

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Gratitude is one of the sweet shortcuts to finding
peace of mind and happiness inside.

No matter what is going on outside of us,
there’s always something we could be grateful for.

~ Barry Neil Kaufman

Today, is my favourite day….

In fact, every day is.

By my choice… Of course.

But It is not simply a choice.

It is a choice only I have the power to make, it’s a way of life…

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A simple way of approaching each day that I know is guaranteed to bring me abundant happiness and joy in each moment.

And great success too.

When we concentrate our attention on the present we focus on the task at hand.

We give our full attention to what we are doing and we let go of outcomes.

Seizing each moment in life allows us to prolong its value and make it more meaningful.

Rather than seeking quantity of time, when we live in the moment we enjoy and savor every minute.

We don’t sacrifice quality for quantity.

When we train ourselves to live in each moment, when we can completely immerse ourselves in the moment…

that is when you finally begin to discover its beauty and wonder.

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We all need to learn how to focus and manage our energy.

Professional athletes understand and employ this kind of focus very well.

They know that accomplishment and success are a result of the skillful management and balancing of their focused energy.

To make every moment count we must embrace it.

Everything we do and every person we come in contact with deserves our full attention.

Even when resting we should savor the moment. It gives us the opportunity to recharge, renew and gain clarity.

Quite often we put huge expectations on ourselves and our lives.

We rush to do this, hurry up with that, without actually enjoying the process.

 

 

What’s the rush?

Where do we think we’re going?

 

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If we don’t stop and think about where we’re at, we’re probably missing the point.

Instead, when we appreciate each moment and garner the lessons from it,

we live consciously, purposefully and responsibly.

Likewise, when we live in the past and don’t let go of painful experiences, perceived wrongs, or difficult times, we condemn ourselves to a present and future of the same.

We cannot change the past.

We can, however, come to terms with it, know that it’s over, and move on.

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Living in the moment means letting go of the past and trusting in the future.

When we are positive and optimistic in the present, we open the possibility of a positive and promising future.

We owe it to ourselves to make every moment count – now!

Tips for Living in The Moment

  • Train your mind to focus on the current activity.
  • Engage in, and feel what you are doing. Enjoy the process.
  • Learn relaxation techniques in order to be present in each moment.
  • Take notice of your surroundings – sights, sounds, smells, ambiance.
  • Listen attentively to the conversation of others, music, even silence.
  • Savor your food and drink. Taste each morsel.

 

Benefits of Living in The Moment

      ✓ You become more connected with your thoughts and feelings

 

      ✓ Are more connected to others

 

      ✓ Feel more gratitude and enjoyment of life

 

      ✓ If you live in the moment, it won’t pass you by

 

      ✓ Feel more focused, peaceful and alive

 

        ✓ Feel less anxious and fearful

 

 

Like all skills, training yourself to enjoy and live in the moment takes time and practice.

Begin now and see life from a fresh, new perspective.

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