A few years ago, I went with one of my best friends to a concert. During the show, I noticed that my friend was constantly filming. I, on the other hand, tried to live in the moment and enjoy the show. A few days ago, my friend and I recalled the experience. My friend told me that while she has footage of the show, she wasn’t able to enjoy it back then.
We are living in the age of distraction. We are always doing something, losing focus, giving in to stimuli around us. We get lost in the past and in what the future might bring, that we let the present slip away. We can be at work and fantasize about going on vacation or be on vacation and worry about all the work we have waiting for us. We need to learn to live in the moment.
Our mind isn’t used to being still. We have to challenge our brains to actively concentrate on the present and not worry about other things. According to Psychology Today, living in the moment is also called mindfulness and is a state of active, open, intentional attention on the present. If we want to achieve the bright future we get so distracted by we must live for today.
The first thing you must do to live in and enjoy the present is savoring the things in your life. Often in our routine, we hurry through things that we take for granted. Our morning coffee, our lunch, our favorite music, etc.. We have to savor everything we are doing in the present. Savoring navigates our focus to the now, so we won’t worry about other things that aren’t there.
To make the most of your present, you have to lose track of time. You must forget about everything around you, of all the temptations and distractions, and focus on what you are going through right now.
Another thing you must do is let go. You have to let go of the past and what we think might happen in the future. We have to let go of everything that is holding us back, that prevents us from enjoying the present. So learn to let go, to move past what cannot be changed, giving all your energy to the present day.