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Live in the Moment

Live in the Moment

“Live in the moment!” That's one of those proclamations that is easier said than done. Sure, we would all love to enjoy the present moments without stressing over the future or dwelling on the past, but more often than not, the present doesn’t get appreciated the way it should.
 
Rosie Boycott, writing for the U.K.’s Times Online, found herself stuck in this pattern. Even while on vacation or at the spa, she would try to focus on the present moment but always returned to a thought like, “There’s always something better, or different, that I could be doing.” In other words, she focused on “thinking of ways I could improve it.”
 
Being happier is about learning to appreciate each day and every moment. No one can ignore the future, but it’s important to acknowledge positive daily occurrences as we're experiencing them.

Do you have any tips to share for staying in the moment?

Posted: 8/19/08
aliciak

I feel the same way, LauraLee311. Bikeriding is the best release for me. I feel the most relaxed and clear-headed even though it can be a physically-challenging activity.

  • By aliciak
  • on 8/26/08 8:34 AM EST
LauraLee311

I definitely struggle with living in the moment. I know it's a key factor to reducing stress, but I feel as if I'm always so busy, and I'm always thinking about the next thing(s) that needs to be checked off my to-do list. The main things that really make me live in the moment are exercise and meditation. In each of these instances, I'm hyper-aware of how my whole body feels and am concentrating on my breathing.