What does it mean to be “in the moment”? We hear that phrase from many contemporary and historical spiritual leaders in their books, speeches and on their social media sites. What exactly are they referring to when they tell you to, “be here now,” and what is the big deal? Aren’t we all living in the moment as we are carrying on throughout our day?
The concept of living in the moment is an important one for every individual; thus, it should be a big deal to you as well. And no, most of us are not living in the moment on a daily basis.
First, realizing that most humans around the planet are continually “thinking,” yet, these thoughts tend to be based on the past or future and have nothing, or little to do with the present moment. We exist on a planet surrounded by people walking around, cut off energetically from the necks up; the music group “Talking Heads” nailed it! We are addicted to our thoughts, or our “thinking” habits, that are stored in our memory banks, re-playing over and over again. However, if we begin to notice that most of our thoughts are about something not currently happening, we can learn to let go of our old memories; therefore, allowing our past recollections to NOT color our perception of the present.
So, I now will join the many others who teach and preach “Being in the Now.” What I mean is simply, living our lives in the moment instead of from our past perceptions. We start by bringing our attention to the moment, down from our heads into our bodies. It is not some trick exercise you need to study for years, and you do not need to have special healing powers. However, because the process is new to us, it may feel that way in the beginning. Although, a blog post is not an ideal format for walking you through this technique, I will lay out steps, which if practiced, can lead you to a new state of mind.
First, bring your attention to your breathing. Just as in your daily yoga routine, inhale and exhale.
Without breaking your concentration, bring your attention down into your bodies, and if thoughts show up (and they will) notice them, but don’t identify with them. They are just thoughts, and you don’t need to engage with them.
Focus on your breathing, and simultaneously focus your attention into your body.
Congratulations, you are BEing in the moment.
This technique can change our “thinking” habits. But, it takes a strong willingness to practice, and take 100% responsibility for ALL interactions. Energy follows intention.