Friday, March 2, 2012

Focusing on the PRESENT

Lately I've come across the topic of focusing on the present - being proud of how far you've come while enjoying the NOW, instead of worrying about the future or where you're "supposed to" be.

When we worry about where we're supposed to be (for the record: I am the QUEEN of this habit) it can bring us to a sometimes unsettling place. We question our actions, use negative self talk, and forget all the great things we've already accomplished. We then feel overwhelmed and less confident about the future.

What if we got into a habit of saying "Wow, I am so proud that I had the strength and courage to come this far. What can I do today to feel happy and healthy?" Could this line of thinking transform our lives? I imagine that if we made a daily practice of focusing on the present, celebrating small achievements, and doing what makes us happy, it would allow us to live fuller and more peaceful lives.

Some Food for Thought:

“Have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves. Don’t search for answers now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything.”
- Rainer Maria Rilke

"What often screws us up the most in life is the picture in our head of how it’s supposed to be. And the reason so many of us give up is because we tend to look at how far we still have to go, instead of how far we have come. Remember, life is a journey, not a destination. This moment, like every moment, is a priceless gift and an opportunity. Be positive, smile, and make it count. Pretend today is going to be great. Do so, and it will be.
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“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.”

Happiness Exercises to try starting...TODAY!

Pull out a piece of paper and write down 5 things that you are happy about right now in your life. This could be something recent or something you've already achieved and are feeling happy or proud about today. After reviewing the list, how do you feel? Try to be mindful of this feeling next week and remember those 5 things.

10 Ways to Start Living in the Present

I also came across this article today and LOVE the pointers that the author writes, such as removing clutter, smiling, and practicing forgiveness. How awesome, simple and empowering! You can read the full article here.

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