Being present is key in finding both inner happiness and having peace. Most of us are too busy to be present. We are too busy worrying about our family, our job, our future, and also all the people around us. But,very rarely are we actually present to see that all the peace and happiness is already sitting right inside of us. Happiness can be tapped into when we are both fully present and focused on having optimal experiences throughout the day. When we are aware of each moment, conversations can be more meaningful, meals are relaxing, and creative outlets can be expressed. Time being spent freely and in the present moment allows for gratitude, a clear mindset, and an appreciation for the small things around you.
To begin to be present, we must first make the choice to have allotted time to focus on just one task at a time. We must make the choice to do one thing and only one thing for that time. That means if we are having dinner with our family, we engage in conversation without our phone on the table or a tv on, but instead we are present and aware for 30 minutes. During our time at work, we spend 20 minutes reading emails and responding to them without other tabs being read on our computer. When we workout at the gym, focus only on how you body feels and have a clear mind while doing so. When we are present, we are not thinking about our problems, our worries, our fears, but instead we set aside time to come up with solutions to our problems. Set aside time for problem solving and brainstorming(30 mins a week minimum). If a problem has no solution at the moment, we release it and move on until a solution arrives. Worries are worthless. Solutions make life more simple. Presence allow each moment to be used with a purpose,not wasted on endless thinking.
Presence brings both mental clarity and peace of mind. Being present means we are always looking to focus on the positive and find solution to the negative. Rather than be reactive, we are proactive. Awareness and presence allows us to hear our feelings and manage them appropriately. When we allow time for thinking, we have time to sort through what is bothering us and release it. Meditation can start the beginning process of being present in the moment. Through a mindfulness meditation we can hear our thoughts, and begin to bring awareness in our mind and body. Presence will allow us to slow down, and listen. Finding daily awareness lets us listen better to what people are saying you, listen to our gut, and listen when we feel happy doing something. Presence allows us to relax in the moment without racing to the next. Through presence and mindfulness, a person can release stress, anxiety, and find deeper happiness .
To begin to find presence, try a mindfulness meditation:
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