Living in the moment is easier than done. You could be physically present now, but your mind is elsewhere. It’s gone back to reminisce about the past. Or, it could be daydreaming about what the future holds. That’s not living in the moment.
If you want to live in the moment, you need to make a conscious effort to do so. It’s so easy to let your mind slip away. One minute you’re doing something really important on your computer, and the next you’re jetting off into the sunset, or you’re remembering what the beach felt like underneath your feet.
When something finally jolts you back into reality, maybe your phone rang or someone gave you a nudge, then you realize you’ve lost track of time. Life slipped by unnoticed while you were mentally away. Think about it – how can you be happy if you can’t even recall what happened a few minutes ago?
When we get hung up on the past, or when we’re too excited for the future, we lose the ability to feel happy in the present.
Setting goals for the future is important, but don’t ever underestimate the journey you need to take to get there. Sure, you may think you’ll finally be happy when you achieve your goal, but why wait until you get there? What happens if you don’t get there at all? Then you likely won’t ever be happy. You’ll end up bitter, and you’ll end up an unhappy person.
If you enjoy your journey, and you let yourself live in the present while working towards your goals, then you’ll be much happier.
You can practice mindfulness by observing what’s going on around you. Observe your surroundings right at this very moment. Think about what you see, hear, touch, smell, or feel. Use all your senses to truly live in the moment.
Once that moment’s gone, it’s gone forever. There’s no turning back the clock to relive that moment. No one’s invented a time machine yet, and it doesn’t look anyone ever will.
Focusing on the moment lets you see what really matters. The past doesn’t matter anymore, the future won’t matter until becomes the present. Being connected to the present will contribute greatly to your happiness, so make sure you don’t let it pass you by!