“Be happy in the moment. That’s enough. Each moment is all we need, not more.” -Mother Teresa
I posted that quote on my Twitter yesterday, and it really struck a cord with me and got me thinking…
We hear it all the time-to slow down and “be in the present”- but it really seems easier said than done… doesn’t it? Or am I alone in this? Lol
I mean, I’d like think a lot of the time I am truly in the moment, but I’m not. My brain goes a mile a minute and I’m thinking of what I want/need to do next.
Now don’t get me wrong, there are times when I do really feel like I’m able to slow down and really think of nothing else other than the moment of time I’m in. And those times are insanely beautiful.
When I work on a new piece; I am in that moment.
When I am laying in the sunshine on a warm fall day; I am in that moment.
When it’s just me and Zero out exploring nature; I am in that moment.
But day-to-day life can get crazy and it seems ya just kinda go through the movements rather than really being conscious of the moments.
I mean, how many times have you driven someplace (that you drive frequently) and then, once you get there, realize you don’t remember much about the drive cause you were just on “autopilot”?
Or, you go through your busy day going from one task to another without really appreciating all the amazing things around you.
There’s something beautiful and kinda magical when you can really experience the little moments that make up our life.
So, my challenge to you (and myself) today is: go through the day and be conscious of it.
A few things to help bring your awareness to the present moment are:
- Use your senses. Listen to what noises are going on around you. Notice how the fabric of your clothes feel on your skin.
- Take a couple of deep breaths and focus on how your stomach moves as you inhale and exhale.
- Look at things as if you were seeing them for the first time. Notice the little things. Really see what’s around you.
Remember, the present moment is all we really have. The past is just a memory of what has happened and the future hasn’t happened yet.
The present moment of time is truly special and we should totally not take it for granted. ✌️
What do you think? Do you have any tips for helping stay in the present moment?