Importance of Staying Present

11/16/2010

Stay Present

In self-development, we are taught the importance of “staying present” at all times.  One of my favorite books of all time, Eckhard Tolle’s, ‘The Power of Now’ was written to teach students why staying present is so important.

For me, staying present is sometimes a challenge.  Prior to self-development, I lived a life of constant ‘what if’s,’ ‘one days,’ etc.  Transitioning from that mindset to a “staying present” mindset is something I work on daily.

Get a sneak peak of my chaos, and why I do my best in “staying present…”

Tips to staying present:

1.  When finding your mind wandering, recognize it, then find something in your area to focus on.  Maybe it’s a vase, or a rock, or the license plate of the car in front of you (unless the state of the car takes you back to a memory and your mind wanders in another direction.  If that’s the case, focus on the brake light).  Stay focused on that thing until your mind clears.

2.  Take some deep breaths.  When you exhale, exhale while saying , ‘Release.’  That’ll release any stress, anxiety, negative thoughts, etc.

Why stay present?  We are creating our futures right at this moment.  Nothing will affect the future more than THIS moment. Not what we THINK our future should be or what we WANT our future to be.  What we are DOING right now will create our future.  If we are thinking negative thoughts, doubting our abilities to succeed, or thinking that we are horrible parents (I battle with that thought a lot), then we are creating our future based on the thoughts and energy we are sending out.

When our minds are CONSTANTLY worrying, anxious, dwelling on past decisions, etc. we are creating a future based on worry and anxiety.  When we get really good at clearing those thoughts immediately, getting back to the present, back to the task at hand, we are creating a future of positivity, action, and results!

This takes practice!  Our minds have over-taken our bodies, but now that we recognize it, we can take back control one day at a time.  Remember, get out of your head, and into your heart!  The task at hand will reap the reward of the fruit of your labor!

Breathing in, I calm my body.
Breathing out, I smile.
Dwelling in the present moment,
I know this is a wonderful moment!
–Thich Nhat Hanh

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  • Rayhigdon

    I like what Ekart says, noticing that you are not present, makes you present, more people need to understand this concept

    Ray Higdon
    http://www.rayhigdon.com

  • Rayhigdon

    I like what Ekart says, noticing that you are not present, makes you present, more people need to understand this concept

    Ray Higdon
    http://www.rayhigdon.com

  • JoettaBell

    My hats off to you for being able to accomplish all you do with 2 small children in tow! I struggle with the chaos that is just around first thing in the morning and after school for a couple of hours! I have been working very hard at staying present and keeping in mind these ‘young’ days won’t last forever and find that if I just let go of trying to ‘control’ the situation, it releases the stress. I have also found that even driving down the road, or out doing the mundane (errands), if I catch my mind wandering and just make a conscious decision to smile, even when no one is around, it brings me to the present, changes my whole physiology and brightens the day.

    • Anonymous

      GREAT point, Joetta! That’s an awesome example of how to become present again….just smile. What a concept!! :)

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