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Living in the moment

I know you have heard this phrase before...Living in the moment.

People are searching for peace and happiness in their lives.  This chaotic world we live in today with technology and fast paced everything, it’s difficult  to slow down enough to even think about it…much less do it.

Living in the moment simply means living in the present or being mindful of exactly what you are doing at that very instant. If you can achieve this you will live a happier and more grateful life than ever before.

If you are being mindful of what you are doing you will find more enjoyment in your food, relationships, home, job and family.

How do I start to become more mindful?

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1…Slow down.   I know this is a tough one but it has to be done.  plan to leave a little early, stay a little later, talk a little more, make your actions more deliberate, etc.  Just slow down and you are halfway there.  It takes practice because we have learned to be in a hurry all the time.

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2…Simplify.   Do less during the day.  If you do less, you will have more time to slow down…See how this is working already?   I know…you are thinking  “but I am so busy…I have so much to do! ”    It is a matter of priority.  Figure out the unimportant things and put them aside for another time.  Do less….

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3….Space.  Leave more time in between your appointments, give more time for each task.  Do not try to cram your tasks close together.  Space things out during your day to give you the comfort of not getting frustrated.

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4…Time.  Give yourself some time each day to do absolutely nothing.  The experts say five minutes. I’m more inclined to say fifteen.   Concentrate on your breathing and notice everything around you, sight, sound, smell.  This will relax you.  It will do you a world of good…try it!

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5...Focus.  Focus on your thoughts more during your day.  Are you full of worry, stressed out about things, nervous  or sad?  Learn to recognize your thoughts and when you do…bring them back in and start to enjoy  your present moment.

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6…Awareness.   When you are talking to a friend, co-worker, customer, stranger, be aware of the present moment.  Don’t let your mind wander away and think about what you need to be doing.  Really listen to them, talk to them and be “in the moment.”

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7…Eat slowly.   Enjoy each bite, taste everything and enjoy your food.  Don’t throw everything into your mouth and never really taste it.  Eating food can be a wonderful experience if you slow down enough to taste it.

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8….Let your chores be a meditation time.  While we must do certain things that we may not enjoy so much, let’s use this time as a meditation opportunity.   In the moments of mopping the floor or taking out the garbage be very mindful of these tasks. Concentrate on every move and do it slowly…this is a great practicing tool.

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9…Savor you life.   Appreciate your life, your relationships, your home, car and food.   Keep practicing these techniques to become happier and know that you have  squeezed as much out of each moment that you possibly can.

Sherry L. Cook

http://sherrylcook.com

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3 comments on “Living in the moment

  1. A Star on the Forehead
    April 14, 2014

    I need to read this every single morning. Living in the moment is a constant struggle for me. I love Lao Tzu’s quote – I have alternated between living in the past and in the future, forgetting about the now. Thank you for the reminder and many blessings! 🙂

  2. Megan Al-Ghailani
    March 22, 2014

    Hey I really like your blog, I’ve nominated you for a Liebster award! http://somwherebeyondthesea.wordpress.com/

    • sherrylcook
      March 24, 2014

      Why thank you Megan…..I so appreciate it! you made my day….

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