Being in the Moment

5:58 AM Shannon McLeod 0 Comments

Life should consistently be full of astonished moments, but it's not. Most people focus their time on the past and future. We stress over every little thing they could possibly go wrong, and don't get me started on those worst case scenarios. There's always something that needs to be fixed or an event that needs to be planned right now or the world is going to end. How about you try something else instead.

Take a moment now and just breathe. Feel the air enter your lungs as you inhale and listen to it leave your mouth as you exhale. Don't try and control your breath. Be an observer. Once you've done this a few times, think of three things you are grateful for. They could be anything from being grateful for the coffee you're drinking to being grateful that you're driving a car that works properly. Now observe your surroundings. Watch the trees. See how they sway in the wind. They aren't frantically wishing for rain or worrying about who could chop them down today. They are simply existing. Watch children playing soccer down the street from your office. See how the children aren't focused on anything except the ball and the game. They are simply existing.

When we take the time to be in the moment, we feel better. Our stress levels go down, which in turn helps with our blood pressure; we have mental clarity; and we become aware of our surroundings. We spend every second glued to social media or the events of tomorrow instead of focusing on what is around us. Life has a simple beauty about it if you just stop, breathe, and take it all in.


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