I think we all can agree that life is better when you just live in the moment.
It’s really hard to keep our minds from constantly wandering and worrying.
Daily life has a lot of little (and big) stresses that have a way of reappearing in our minds all the time.
However, if we want to live a meaningful and healthy life, we need to learn to appreciate the present moment.
It’s not always easy, but if we practice the right techniques, then eventually we’ll rewire the brain to habitually live in the now.
Below we’ll go over 5 essential habits of highly mindful people. Implement these into your daily life and eventually you’ll experience the benefits from mindfulness that all those scientific studies are showing.
1) They practice being mindful
It’s no secret that our brains are complex. We process thousands and thousands of thoughts a day, so of course they can become super distracting!
However, we also have the ability to concentrate and focus, and mindfulness is simply being aware of what’s going on in the present moment.
As often as you can during the day, consciously focus on your sensations, or concentrate on what’s happening in your line of sight.
Neuroscience says we have two networks in the brain. The default network, which is when we use our mind and imagination, and our direct experience network, which is activated when we focus on our sensory experience.
If you practice activating your direct experience network throughout the day, you’ll begin to live more presently.
As Sharon Salzberg said: “Mindfulness isn’t difficult, we just need to remember to do it.”
2) They move slowly and do one task at a time
If you want to calm your mind, it can help to move slowly and focus on one task a time.
Many of us are extremely busy and try to do too much at once.
We get lost in our minds and our quality of work isn’t as good.
If you’re dish washing, try to do that slowly while doing nothing else. Focus on every movement.
It may seem like a boring task to undertake, but it will calm your mind and allow you to experience the wonders of what’s in front of you.
3) They practice meditation
This one may seem like an obvious one, but it really can help. For 5 minutes a day, simply focus on your breath without trying to change it. Notice the sensations in your throat, mouth and chest. When distracting thoughts arise, gently return your focus back to your breath.
It’s that easy and all it takes is 5 minutes a day.
4) They reflect daily
At the end of each day, take a minute to reflect on how your day has gone. What has been resisting you to live presently? What stories are you telling yourself about this and how can you be more kind to yourself? This is useful to clear your mind and work out how you can practice present living better.
5) They see everything as a teacher
While this sounds a lit corny, it’s actually amazing. When you’re feeling frustrated or angry with someone, pause and see this person or situation as a teacher. What can you learn from them about being present? What you can practice letting go of?
Living in the present moment can seem difficult, but if you remain disciplined in practising mindfulness and reflecting on how you’re going, you’ll find that you’ll eventually spend far more time living presently, than stuck in the past or the future.