Be More Present

If you imagine that every moment equates to a second in time, how many do you have left in total? A lot I hope but it’s about 7 or 8 less than when you started reading this paragraph already. See how quickly they are disappearing and how many are you missing the full experience of because your mind is consumed with something that happened this morning or might happen later today? How many have you not fully appreciated so far in your life?

AS YOU WALK EAT AND
TRAVEL, BE WHERE YOU ARE.
OTHERWISE YOU WILL
MISS MOST OF YOUR LIFE
BUDDHA

Isn’t about time you started being just a bit more present in these moments and enjoyed what life has to offer just a little bit more? Before you panic there are well over 31 million seconds each year so you have some time to get your head around all this but they are still ticking away as you read.

What you are doing now by trying to understand how to be more mindful will help you realise how to appreciate more of the present moments (seconds) so you’ll actually gain some that you would had missed previously in the future if you hadn’t turned to mindfulness.

It doesn’t matter what is actually happening right now in the present moment, “it is what it is” as they say. Your experience is yours, totally valid and correct exactly as it is. It’s just the way things are in this moment but at least you actually know how they are right now because you’re being present.

Example: Just stop reading at the end of this paragraph for 10 seconds and close your eyes. What sounds can you hear? Don’t label them, just notice the sound itself and any others that you can hear. Don’t think to yourself, that’s an aeroplane overhead, someone cutting their grass down the street because you are now recalling things from memory which isn’t part of being present. Notice any new sounds as they arrive at your ears or any that stop. Go on give it a go for 10 seconds.

There you go, give yourself a pat on the back, you were just in the present for 10 seconds. I know it’s hard to not give the sounds a label but even if you did label them you were still more present than you would have been for the 10 seconds prior and is more mindful.

John Burley

John Burley lives in Hertfordshire in the United Kingdom and is the author of Mindfulness for the Mindless due for publication on 2nd April 2018. He is also the director of a software development company producing software solutions to mainly the gaming industry. He blogs about mindfulness at www.amindfulway.blog which has a growing following both on the blog itself, the accompanying Android app and on social media too.

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