2 years ago
I am sure all of you have read numerous posts regarding "living in the present" or the "power of now". This topic has been covered by just about every self help author, guru, motivational speaker out there, so my plan here today is not to regurgitate all of the benefits of living in the moment, but to instead offer the best advice on how to experience this feeling, which is a topic that I feel is rarely covered.
To start, I think we can all agree that the present moment is the only reality out there and that the past and future are simply constructs of your mind. Even when you are recalling the past or envisioning the future, you are doing it in the present. It further goes to reason that to really experience happiness, it needs to happen in the present.
Far too many people put happiness off in the future, with thoughts like "I will be happy when..." or "Once this happens, I will be happy". The problem with this line of thinking is that you are spending all of your present moment worried about the future, leaving no room to actually experience the happiness that you are after. All this does is throw you into an endless loop of wishing and waiting, never really getting what you set out for. A good way to picture this is the classic image of the rabbit chasing after the carrot on a stick. All that rabbit needs to do is stop chasing and grab the carrot!
The Quickest Ways to Jump to the Present
Now that we can agree on the benefits of present mindedness, lets get into how to actually experience this blissful experience. I confess, that I like most people often get trapped into thinking about the past or worrying about the future. Because of this, I work daily on focusing my mind of getting out this cycle and focusing on the present.
The best technique I have discovered is (continued in comments section...)