It sounds so easy - being present in each and every moment, but it really does take awareness, discipline and practice.
I admit that I am a worrier and an over-thinker, which means that I can be doing one thing but I am thinking about something else. A lot. Sound familiar?
So many of us are like this - couple this with the myriad of distractions that we have at our finger tips - mobile phone, work calls, emails, social media, TV, etc we often find that we can go through the day without truly being present at all.
It's that feeling of driving somewhere and not really remembering the journey. I don't know about you but I want to remember life's journey!
What's wrong with not being present?
It can add to our stress, we are always busy thinking and being stimulated we don't have the time to really take everything in. Not only is this not good for us it's not good for the people around us. Now I am a mother I read so many articles on children and how to be good parents, and the one thing that often comes up is they just want us. So simple yet often so difficult.
Here are a few ways we can all be more present:
1. If you find you are checking social media or work emails a lot, or reaching for your phone too much why not put a timer on it? Sounds silly, but if you put a timer for say 30 minutes or 1 hour for example and force yourself not to look at your phone until then it will help bring you into the present moment.
2. If you're a constant daydreamer why not get yourself a special bracelet (or a piece of string or wool even) so when you see it it reminds you to come out of the clouds for a little while. If you want something more subtle you can even tie a little bit of string around your watch band.
3. Tap into your chakras - there are many beautiful pendants or even images of the chakras you can use - for being more grounded I would be more drawn to either the Third Eye or the Crown chakras.
4. Keep a journal or notebook handy - I recently bought myself one so that I have somewhere tangible that isn't my mobile phone to write down ideas or things I want to do. Better out than in I say!
5. If you need your mobile out in the open, or at the table when out with friends or family, why not put it face down so that you can't be easily distracted from the moment.
6. Include some flower essences into your day - I love the Bach Flowers Clemantis (daydreaming, lack of concentration) and White Chestnut (mental arguments, concentration, repeated unwanted thoughts); and the Australian Bush Flower Red Lily (daydreaming, lack of focus) or even their Cognis Essence (a blend to help stop daydreaming).
Whilst there is nothing wrong with daydreaming or thinking ahead we need to find the right balance for ourselves. Why not try today to be a little more present in each moment and see how much better it makes you feel??