Whatever you are feeling right now is uniquely yours. Whether you realize it or not, you are in the now, but are you really living in the moment and more importantly, are you truly relishing the moment? That’s the question. Maybe you don’t even realize it, but the difference between simply existing in the moment and owning the moment is quite significant in the battle to enjoy life to its fullest. You can try to think back to a time when you were a beginner at something– when you had to be vulnerable, right? Whether you took a different position, tackled a new hobby or met someone for the first time, you probably let yourself go so that you can soak up the moment as much as possible, yes? Well that susceptibility to all that is new is actually your ticket into the now, therefore allowing you to truly relish the moment instead of thinking about the moment. And regardless of how huge that may seem, it may not be such a monumental task. Simply trying a few new exercises each day can be all you need.
So maybe you want to try it out? Maybe you want to soak up life as if every day was your last. If you realize life’s little gems, but want to hold them longer, then try these five exercises. But don’t do it for the people around you and certainly don’t do it for me. I don’t want you to think of this as anything other than what should come naturally. And there’s nothing better than something that feels natural, is there? Here they are…
Spend one day email free.
It doesn’t matter which day, but it’s likely that when you look past your computer screen, you pick up on things that may have slipped by before.
Consciously eat your favorite meal.
It may sound silly, but by concentrating on the ingredients of each bite, you’re more likely to enjoy that dish on a whole other level. You might savor the tastes and the experience much more when you hone in on the meal itself.
Make a decision immediately.
It’s easy to defer a solution or take your time to mull over the right answer, but when you immediately make a decision, you’re likely to see the situation at hand with a clearer outlook.
Look up at the sky and describe it.
I’ve heard this one before and it may sound hokey to some of you, but if you actually take the few moments that it requires to simply look up – you may see the patterns between the clouds and metaphorically speaking: “read between the lines.” By sounding out the description of what you’re looking at, your subconscious registers the details and easily transports you into that scene and that scene only.
Take a different route to work.
However you get to work, you’d be surprised how mechanical that journey can become. Sometimes you don’t even know the street names, but you could most likely drive it in your sleep. By taking a different route, you expose yourself to new things that help you remain in the moment.
So give these a try and who knows, maybe you’ll get hooked on being in the moment!
Written by: Aaron Lyles
Brought to you by: mindmaker