Live in the moment.
Live in the now.
What does all this really mean and why should we care about this stuff?
For me living in the now has been a path to inner peace and happiness. Over the last few years I have really focused on becoming more present, and as a result I have made significant growth in many areas of my life and have achieved great periods of happiness. It is essential to take a moment each day to just breathe deeply and appreciate everything that we currently have.
Like many people I have struggled with regrets of the past, as well as, anxiety about the future. Having such thoughts cross our minds is part of the human experience, however these thoughts can become an issue when we allow them to consume us. Overanalyzing past "mistakes" has often left me paralyzed from taking action. It's been a process, but I have learned the overcome these issues to experience greater periods of happiness.
How do we achieve and sustain greater periods of happiness?
Kids are the ultimate example of sustained happiness. I truly believe this is because they are continuously living in the moment. They don’t have much of past to regret and they're not in a hurry to jump to the future. Why would they want to rush into the future when they see most grown ups are stressed out and unhappy. Children can easily focus on the what they are presently doing and they enjoy every moment.
So how to do we as big kids and adults get to this happy place called the present and how do we stay there? There are a few methods I have uncovered for being present and re-gaining the inner peace and joy I had as a kid. Now, if you are ready to become more present, follow me one this journey.
Living in the now begins with letting go of our regrets and negative thoughts of the past. Let that shit go!
Many of us have past regrets that haunt us on a daily basis. I'm not saying these thoughts are invalid, but remember what you focus on is what will grow. It's not easy to let things go however it is possible. In fact I have found a rather simple method for forgetting the past and focusing on the present.
I will give away this not so secret method, however you have to be ready to receive it. It requires open-mindedness and the belief that it will work. I don't know if it's just human nature, but we tend to think solutions have to be complex and/or sold to us in a pill bottle. Truth is, most our mental, physical, and emotional problems can be solved from within.
The method is use to let go of the past and focus on the now is called:
Conscious Breathing for me is the art of being aware of each breath we are inhaling and exhaling from our bodies. It’s a way to slow down from the daily rush of obligations and stresses/anxieties that block our happiness. It is a very effective tool and anyone can learn to harness it's power to become more present and achieve greater happiness. Now let's move to the action phase.
My detailed method for Conscious Breathing: