by Suzie Doscher
There are wonderful books, classes, films, talks, workshops, DVDs, magazine articles, conversations, coaches, and therapists teaching the importance of being in the moment, staying in the now and going with the flow. But how do you really do this?
It seems odd that we do not just naturally live in the now. After all, almost everyone would agree that the present moment, the now, is all we have. The fact remains that most people do not live in the present moment and have to learn how to do so.
Reasons to master living in the moment:
Steps to practice being in the moment:
Our minds tend to take us to places and times that are not real. What might be real in that moment is a beautiful tree right in front of you. The boss that was rude to you earlier in the day is no longer standing there or even in the same room anymore!
The gain of living more in the present is that life becomes more relaxed and enjoyable. It becomes a powerful technique enabling you to step out of stress.
Be patient because this takes a lot of practice and time. Eventually you will appreciate the power that you give yourself with this ability to be mindful.
What is there to gain?
I have been working with one of my clients, who I will call Elaine, on how to live in the now. Her tendency has been to react, motivated by past emotions. Our focus was to bring her to a place of acting, rather than reacting. Here is what Elaine felt she achieved from learning to put herself back into the now.
By mastering the art of living in the moment, you are taking good care and being very kind to yourself. That alone should make it worth the effort.
Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche was quoted as saying: “Do not encumber your mind with useless thoughts. What good does it do to brood on the past or anticipate the future? Remain in the simplicity of the present moment.” Wise words to remember, don’t you think?
Contact one of our coaches to explore how you can improve the quality of your life by being more present in the moment.