Ok; here’s the deal, and I’m hoping I’m not alone here. Some days it’s a real struggle to remain present and mindful. Life has a way of hurling chaos and craziness our way at turbulent speeds. Up becomes down; down becomes up; left becomes right; right becomes left, or wrong, or both, LOL! Whatever your craziness and chaos look like, focusing your mind back to the present is possible. Discover my top 5 Go-To practices to return to the present.
By far the easiest practice, yielding the quickest benefits; just breathe, like the song says. Focusing on your breath immediately brings you to the present moment and trains your mind to the here and now. Breathe in slowly, hold the breathe, then breathe out slowly. I find it helps to close my eyes while breathing, to block out the visual distractions.
I would count this as a tie for #1. Be thankful and express thanks often. Be thankful for the small things; be thankful for the grand things. Possessions, experiences, occurrences, situations, nature, money. You name it; if you have it, be grateful! These words, “I am thankful for…”, “I am grateful for…”, “Thank you for…” or just “Thank you” are the most powerful words in the Universe! Say them frequently and reap their power to their fullest. Remember, gratitude is not just expressed through our words, but also our actions.
3. Let go; let be
Now here’s a kicker! This one is a struggle in and of itself, LOL! OH My Word; how I wrestle with practicing this one. To master this practice, is to master peace of mind, in addition to returning to the present. To practice this one, I have a mantra that I say – it goes like this: “Do what I can today, with what I have today, with where I am today” Feel free to try it out 🙂
This one is a life saver for me. My goal is daily for 30 minutes to an hour. Much like breathing, meditation can be practiced anywhere. I mediate while on a walk in the park; sometimes I lie down; other times I sit outside. Head phones or ear buds help to cancel out the noise of the world and enhance the benefits. I use Insight Timer’s app. This app offers guided meditations, music meditations, courses on mindfulness, along with other subjects. Their meditations range in length from 10 minutes to 3 hours. I use the free version and am very pleased with the features offered. The bookmark feature allows me to build my own library of favorites.
Another of my favorite practices, although a bit more time consuming. For me, journaling is quite cathartic. Why do I like this practice? Written words can be revisited to identify patterns of thinking and patterns of reaction. I have also learned to identify areas of gratitude from rereading my entries. Tip – purchase a journal that is visually pleasing and feels nice when you touch and hold it. Choose a pen that is comfortable to hold and glides smoothly over the paper. You want your tools to enhance your journaling experience.