Are YOU living in the present moment?
I thought I was doing a pretty good job of living in the present moment until last week. For the past few years I have tried to create a more balanced life for my family and me. One of the main ways I have tried to do this is by being more present in everything I do; from spending time with my husband and the kids, driving, talking with other people and even while doing housework! In this quest for a more balanced life, I have tried A LOT of new things including yoga, meditation, hypnosis, workshops and retreats. Some of these things have been very powerful and have healed me on many levels. So when my friend, a yoga teacher and life coach, asked me to participate in a new program she was developing, I agreed. I thought I had resolved most of the things from my past, so I was sure that this would just be a tune up. Well, I was VERY surprised by what happened.
I signed up for the six week program and I was working on week two. The assignment was to set a timer to go off every hour for one week. (I used a sports watch with an alarm, but you could use a pleasant alarm clock or your phone). When the alarm went off I was to record what I was thinking and how I felt. The first few times I was in the middle of my morning routine and was getting the kids ready for school. Not too much thinking going on at 6:00 am, just a lot of doing! So I really was in the moment. Well, the alarm went off every hour for an entire week and I wrote down what I was thinking. I was really shocked about what was going on in my mind when the watch beeped. I wasn’t thinking about the past, like I did before. The majority of the week I was thinking about the future. All of the things on my calendar and to do list were running through my head. Part of the assignment was to see how I was feeling at the time. I felt so distracted and very exhausted from thinking about my upcoming week. I was thinking about it so much that it felt like I was already living it out. I was starting to dread the next week. Even though I have a calendar and I am very organized, I was still worried about the schedule. What a waste of energy! During this exercise, I also realized that I was holding my breath and was tense, so I started to take deep breaths every time I caught myself dwelling on the future. Towards the end of the week, the thoughts about the future started to lessen and I began feeling a greater sense of calm. The deep breathing really helped to pull me back into the now.
If you are living in the future, dreaming and planning for what may happen, it takes away from what is going on right now….your life! You only have this moment…the past is gone and the future may never come. Embrace the now!
This exercise was such a useful tool and enabled me to see what was REALLY going on in my mind and helped me to get back to where I really want to be…living in the present. Everyone can benefit from gaining more awareness of their thoughts. Even if you don't go a whole week, please give it a try and let me know what you think. LIKE below if you liked this post or leave a comment. I would love to hear what is REALLY on your mind!
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