Now it’s time to set ourselves up for the rest of the year.
How do we do that?
Let’s start by being present.
So many of us spend a lot of our waking time on our phones, rushing from one place to another, stressing about traffic and thinking about the past and future. We worry about how to create the future and we stress over the past. Don’t get me wrong, I am a realistic person and believe that it’s okay to think about your past and future to create awareness, but the problem comes when we spend too much time in the past and in the future that we forget about what we have in front of us which is today - the present moment.
I know you’ve heard this before, but it is so true.
All we have is the present moment.
You are breathing through it, you can do anything in this present moment and you have choices. You can LIVE this moment.
The book The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle discusses the importance of being grounded in the present moment. He discusses how being an observer and taking a moment every day to look around you will open space in feeling present. Yes, life is busy but I invite you to find a moment to feel grounded in the present and see how that may change your perspective and chooses.
When your mind is heading to a direction where you start to live in the past or the future and you start to become overwhelmed with stress and anxiety, I invite you to try the following.
Visualization: You can visualize something that may calm you like a beach or the forest. You can also visualize your stress as a massive rock that you want to throw into the ocean or off a cliff. As you start to visualize, your overwhelmed mind will start to slow down and notice the present. It will start to observe the present moment as you slow down your thoughts. Start to notice how you feel, what you hear and your breath.
Meditation: Let’s make this easy, there are several meditation apps that you can download on your phone. The ones that I use and enjoy are Insight Timer and Headspace.
Breathing: Connecting to your breath, focusing on your breath and paying attention to it helps you to shift back into the present moment. You can just notice your inhales and exhales or you can take three deep belly breathes to come back to the present moment.
Gratitude: This isn't a new one either, learning to find gratitude for the present moment will help you discover gifts and appreciate. Your gratitude does not have to be grand, it is the process of gratitude that gives our mind and body the opportunity to move from a place of stress to rest.