American psychologist,Tara Brach once said, “What I have found overtime is that the more I can recognize what is happening in the present moment and simply open and allow the experience without judgement,the more I come back home”
Life unfolds in the present. But so often,we let the present slip away allowing time to rush past unobserved,unseized,and squandering the precious seconds of our lives as we worry about the future and ruminate about what is past.
One of the key factor in living a healthy life is to be able to balance your thought-past,present,and future.When you focus too much on them, it can have a serious negative effect on your life.
Though it is hard to figure out what the exact right balance is,but you know you have hit when you worry less,experience less stress on a regular basis, and find yourself living the majority of your life in the present.
One of life’s sharpest paradoxes is that your brightest future hinges on your ability to pay attention to the present.
Being in the ‘now’ moment means that you are aware and mindful of what’s happening at this very moment. You are not distracted by ruminations on the past or concerns for the future but mainly focused on the here and now.
When you become mindful,you realize that you are not your thoughts,you become an observer of your thoughts from that moment without judging them.
Mindfulness involves being with your thoughts as they are,neither grasping at them nor pushing them away. Instead of letting your life go by without living it,you awaken to experience.
This reduces stress,boost immune functioning,reduce chronic pain,lowers blood pressure,and helps patients cope with cancer. By alleviating stress,spending a few minute a day actively focusing on living in the moment reduces the risk of heart diseases.
Mindful people are happier,more emphatic, and more secure. They have higher self-esteem and are more accepting of their own weaknesses. They can hear negative feedback without feeling threatened. They fight less with their romantic partners and are more accommodating and less defensive.
Focusing on the present moment forces you to stop overthinking,it reboots your mind so you can respond thoughtfully rather than automatically. Instead of lashing out in anger,backing down in fear,or mindlessly indulging a passing craving,you get the opportunity to say to yourself, “This is the emotion I’m feeling,how should I respond?
Being present-minded is the key to staying healthy and happy. It keeps you grounded and connected to yourself and everything around you. It is a mental journey and often requires discipline.
So enjoy now and all that comes along with it because you may never get to experience it again. Take a look at the words of Stephen Schueller, “Being present-minded takes away some of that self-evaluation and getting lost in your mind and in the mind is where we make the evaluations that beats us up.”