In this world of ringing cell phones, dinging notifications, and the epidemic of multi tasking, it becomes harder and harder for us to live in the present moment.
Being present is a state of mind, but when our minds are occupied with our seemingly never ending assortment of devices and distractions (traffic, kids, spouses, work, social media), it’s next to impossible to appreciate and take in each moment.
What we’re left with is an epidemic of non-presence. The spaces between the noises that fill our lives are no longer sacred. Instead, they are filled with distractions of all kinds.
When you can slow your life down enough to take in each moment, you’ll find calmness in the chaos, and peace in your heart and mind.
It takes practice, but here are some things you can do to slow down and get present:
- BREATHE. Inhale deeply for 5 counts, and let it out for 5 counts. Do this 3 times.
- DON’T MULTITASK. Don’t be fooled by the myth of multitasking. Science is now proves that multitasking is not only a fallacy, it’s actually making us slower. So focus on one task at a time. Be present with it. See it through. Then move on to the next one.
- FOCUS. If you’re daughter wants to tell you something, stop what you’re doing, and give her your undivided attention. If you answer the phone, don’t do anything except talk on the phone. Focus on what is right in front of you. Nothing more, nothing less.
- SLOW DOWN. Notice the times during the day that you are rushing, and make a pointed effort to slow down.
- PAY ATTENTION TO THE SMALL THINGS. God is in the details, and the details, though just little, make all the difference. So pay attention to your small details.
As the great Buddha once said, “The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, nor to worry about the future, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly.”
So mind the spaces between the noise, and enjoy your moments as they unfold. Be here, now.