5 Ways to Instantly Live in the Present

5 Ways to Instantly Live in the Present
Michelle Fondin

Have you ever gotten into your car for your morning commute, only to find yourself in your parking spot and having no recollection of driving there? If you’re like me, it happens quite often. You’re so absorbed in your thoughts that you go through life on autopilot.

In your mind, you tend to live either in the past or future. You flip through the events of the past with regret, analysis, or with envy to relive what once was. Your mind can fast-forward to a potential future by scanning the to-do list or some future goal. Rare is the moment when you allow yourself to be fully immersed in the present.

Even as a yoga teacher, I have to constantly remind myself to stay rooted in the present moment. Follow these tips on how to to bring yourself back to the now.

1. People Watch

People watching simply means sitting down in a place and getting into observation mode (without checking your phone’s text messages or emails.)

You can also extend this activity beyond people, to include nature watching or any other type of environment watching. It’s an incredible experience to schedule in observation time to simply notice everything around you fully. In complete observation mode, you learn so much.

Every time I travel to a foreign country, I love sitting in a local café and putting on my people-watching hat. I learn more about a culture, mannerisms, and customs through simple observation. But you don’t have to travel to do this. You can observe anywhere. Schedule in your “people watching” time—you can even do it with friends and share observations when you’re done.

2. Listen Fully

Have you ever noticed that when your lips are moving, you are usually either in the past or the future? Fully listening is a wonderful way to stay rooted in the present moment. When a person is talking to you, pretend you are hearing what they’re saying for the first time, even if you’ve heard it a million times before. Notice the tone of voice, inflection, and body language while they speak. Take note of your internal reactions to the words said. Observe your body language while listening. Catch yourself jumping into the future, in your mind, as you formulate an answer. Try to increase the amount of listening in your daily life, so you speak less and listen more.

3. Savor Magic Moments

Tony Robbins says that life with others is made up of magic moments. You may have a tendency to think of the big moments such as weddings, baby showers, birthday parties, and other big events as being the special times in life. However, most of life is made up of little moments. It’s your child rushing into the room just to give you a hug and say, “I love you.” It’s your husband buying toothpaste without you telling him. It’s your work colleague bringing you your …read more
Source: Deepak Chopra  

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