3 February 2019
How to focus on the present moment
Most of us spend a lot of our times lost in our memories, reliving the same stories over and over in our thoughts, or focused on the future. These days being present in the moment it’s becoming more and more difficult.
Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, is the act of being here now. It allows people to focus and shut out distractions. Studies show that practising mindfulness has many benefits in both physical and psychological aspects as well as positive changes in health, attitudes, and behaviors.
How to practise mindfulness:
Meditate – Find a quiet place and sit comfortably. Focus on your natural breathing or on a word that you repeat silently. Allow thoughts to come and go without judgment.
Use your body – Notice your body sensations and let them pass. Notice each part of your body in succession from head to toe.
Sensory – Notice sights, sounds, smells, tastes, etc. Name them “sight,” “sound,” “smell,” “taste,” or “touch” without judgment and let them go.
Emotions – Allow emotions to be present – accept the presence of your emotions without judgment and let them go.
The only important moment is the present moment.
“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.”