Last week we touched briefly on how ruminating over the past or future might play a role in feelings of depression and anxiety.
How I personally have found focusing on the “here and now” to help with breaking my own tendency to live in the past and, on occasion, the future.
I realize, though, that I didn’t provide much guidance for how you might implement a similar strategy in your own life.
Like many clichés, the idea of living in the moment is repeated so often that it seems to go in one ear and out the other.
That, or it simply seems impractical.
What does living in the moment, the here and now, even mean?
More importantly, how do you do it?
There are countless practices and schools of thought on subjects such as this.
Since you’re reading this, though, I’ll assume you’re looking for mine 🙂
I’ve distilled what making the most of living “here and now” means to me down into three practices.
Presence, gratitude, and intentionality.
Presence to center yourself in the reality of your immediate experience.
Gratitude for the opportunities and challenges that shape you.
Intentionality to align your efforts with your best life.
While there’s power in simplifying complex subjects into single words, there can also be lack of clear meaning without context.
We will explore these concepts more in the coming days (and longer) to help you find clarity and confidence in applying them for yourself.
For now, though, you can get started by considering what they mean to you.
What are your thoughts on presence, gratitude, and intentionality?
What role do these three practices play in your own life?
Explore these questions without judgment.
You are worthy of the best life.
That will take asking some challenging questions.
You’re up to the task, though.
You’ve got this.