How to Keep Yourself in the Present Moment

Dec 8, 2020



How to Keep Yourself in the Present Moment



You may have already heard about the many benefits of present moment thinking. This is particularly beneficial to introverts who often find themselves ruminating and overthinking. When you spend time in the present, the many stressors of the mind diminish.



However, if you’ve ever tried to stay in the present for a long period of time, you’ll notice that your brain automatically travels to your past and future. This is to be expected as you transition to focusing on the present moment.



It Takes Practice!



Even some of the most skilled present moment thinkers encounter times when they have difficulty concentrating. With practice, it becomes easier, but there will always be times here and there when you get distracted.



When you first begin to think in the present moment, you may be tempted to feel impatient and frustrated –  a common feeling for introverts!  Frustration will only make things worse and is the opposite of what you’ve set out to accomplish. Instead, look at it as a good thing.  If you’re frustrated, then you’re noticing when your mind starts to wander and you can return it back to the present.



My favourite way to start present moment thinking



There are many ways to bring present moment thinking into your life and perhaps one of the easiest ways to get started is during a walk in an open space be it a park or the countryside.



I let my senses take over and love to listen the sounds surrounding me, the birds singing, the river flowing freely, the wind blowing through the trees.  In the summer, there may well be the smell of freshly cut grass or blossom on the trees and enjoying the taste of a lovely cold ice-cream.  I take in the sight of all the beautiful flora and fauna and the touch of the petals and leaves.



It may seem a little idealistic to begin with, but the sense of peace and tranquillity that present moment thinking can give really does help to rest the mind.  You can simply discover your own practice during a time that you’re alone and avoiding distractions.  After a while, you’ll be able to notice the times when your mind is really active versus the times when you’re calmer. Once you’ve mastered this awareness, you can begin to apply your skills to other portions of your day to expand the amount of time that you spend in the present moment.



As you continue to practice, you’ll notice opportunities where you can stay in the present moment. Seize these opportunities whenever you can and enjoy the many benefits!




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