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Eight Techniques That Helped Me to Live in the Moment

Updated on May 11, 2020
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An author of the book Aggregate 50, who draws inspiration from her daily life and infuse positivity in the society through her writings.

Introduction

Ever since my daughter has entered my world, my perspective towards the meaning of life changed.

She made me realize many valuable lessons, from selfless love to how to enjoy each and every moment, and most importantly she made me understood, how to live in the moment without thinking ahead to future activity, or dwelling on something that had happened in the past.

Children live in the moment and enjoy their playtime. They concentrate on what is crucial to them at that particular moment and never bothered about anything else. They enjoy the rain without caring that might get the flu. We all must comprehend this from children.

Live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find eternity in each moment: Henry David Thoreau

Nothing Can Change Our Past

Let bygones be bygones and move on to the more important things in life.

We can not change what had already happened, so why to think about it?

Don't allow your past to destroy your present.

I have seen many people mourning on their past but does that really helps?

I particularly struggled with letting go of the past and not focusing on what is happening now and I always ended up in distress.

Be it a big failure, or some misfortune, killing your present for the sake of your past is a gaffe that you should not commit at any circumstances. Learn from it and move on.

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This Very Moment, Right Now Is Important

We should cherish this very moment in our life. For example, when I spend my precious time with my baby what really matters is her giggles, her sweet gestures, her hugs. I should enjoy all these little magical moments without remembering the pain that I had experienced during her. Wasting my time worrying about her future will land me nowhere.

If I sit and overthink a lot of things, then those thoughts are going to gift me a bag full of frustration and stress nothing else.

I have seen many people spending a great deal of time wondering what the future will bring.

No one can predict the future so why should we waste our time wondering about the future.

Invest your energy in the present so that you can live a life of self-contentment. Here I am writing a few techniques that hold me back from roaming in the past and traveling to the future.


Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.

Buddha

Techniques for Staying In The Present

  • Stop overthinking:

    The happiness that comes from just enjoying something at the moment disappears when someone over thinks. Overthinking invites unnecessary stress and anxiety so try not to fall into the trap of overthinking.

  • Check Negative flow of thoughts:

    A negative thought is such a destructive weapon that destroys your present and ruins your future. Cutting negative thoughts from your life is the wisest decision you can ever take. It will take you away from the present moment by filling poison in your mind.

  • Do Meditation:

    Practicing meditation helps in controlling and calming the mind. Concentrating on the breathing process will help in curbing the flow of unnecessary thoughts. Meditation is a habitual process of training your mind to focus and redirect your thoughts. If you can control your mind from governing you then half of your battle is won.
  • Engross yourself in the present activity fully:

    This is the best way to engage your brain. When you dedicate your mindfully to the work you are doing it will not allow you to distract your mind.
  • Concentrate on what's happening rather than what happened earlier:

    Things keep on happening no one has the ability to stop it so try to focus on the present and what could be done to improve the present situation rather than crying on the spilled milk.

  • Be aware of when to put the check gate:

    Before you can begin to address or cope with your habit of overthinking, you need to learn to be aware of it when it's happening. Sometimes without our knowledge, our mind wanders shamelessly. We should aware of that when it's happening so that we can direct our minds to focus on the present.

  • Take a walk:

    When the mind is jammed with overloaded thoughts take a walk into nature to clear your mind. A clean and healthy mind always helps you to stay happy and be at the moment.

  • Stop judging others:

    Start focusing on the broadest perspective of life and stop judging others. It narrows your mindset and shuts your thought process.

Future Is Uncertain

To remain in the present is bliss, but most of us are missing the magic of life by consistently worrying about their future.

With a packed calendar, most of our time flies in an unnecessary worrisome and fear. Don't you think while running after the future somewhere all of us are missing those small moments of life that are really expensive?

All these years I realized one thing that life is just passing by at a faster pace without giving any notice and I hardly ever remember even being there enjoying the moments.

Time simply passed by judging the years and running behind the uncertain future.

When I really understood why we should actually stay in the present and enjoy it rather than judging it all the time, I had already lost one-third of my life.

Many people don't understand this and in the process, they lose those precious moments that all of us are blessed with, called, "the present".


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Conclusion

We often get so caught up with achieving something or becoming someone that we forget to enjoy the journey.

Judge less act more, that should be the jargon of life.

Sometimes even on a vacation, we involve so much in capturing the moments on our camera that we almost forgot to enjoy the real beauty from our naked eyes.

So, take a deep breath, look around you, there are so many miracles happening each second be there at that moment, and enjoy your life because this is what life is all about.


© 2020 Suchismita Pradhan

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    • talesofvikram profile image

      Vikram Brahma 

      12 months ago from Assam, India

      Very good article Suchismita. I really liked the way you conveyed your experience especially related to your girl child. May you stay happy with you forever. Thank you for sharing your lovely article. And yes we should concentrate on the present moment.

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      AndazeAkash 

      12 months ago

      We can not enjoy our life without enjoying our present. Such a nice article.

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      Nitin Khaire 

      12 months ago from Mumbai

      Very nice article Suchi. It is so good to live in the present always and enjoy the moment to the fullest. The past is gone and the future is yet to come but the present is here for us to enjoy. I love this article.

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      Prateek Jain 

      12 months ago from Madhya Pradesh, India

      Very well explained mam. I am at the stage where i think this is the struggle and tough part of my life. But practically after reading your article i realised that I should sto worrying and start enjoying what i jave today. My focus should not be on negative thoughts whereas i should be focusing on positive responses. This is a really must read for all in order to become aware of their mental peace

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      Sonia 

      14 months ago from New York

      A well-illustrated article with interesting tips and useful information.

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      Halemane Muralikrishna 

      14 months ago from South India

      Your article carries the essence of positive living. Being aware of the power of positivity, one can get the benefits of it. Active life benefits all, help everyone decide to be active on the area of their choice. Thank you, Ms Suchismita, for writing such a useful article for everyone.

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      Suchismita Pradhan 

      14 months ago from India

      I appreciate your visit liz.Iam glad you liked my article.Thank you.

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      Suchismita Pradhan 

      14 months ago from India

      Iam glad Paul you liked my article.Yes you are right taking some time for ourselves is very important in todays world.So be in the present live the moment.

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      Centfie 

      14 months ago from Kenya

      What an inspiring article full of reminders and emphasizing the need to remain focused on the present moment! Enjoyed!

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      Liz Westwood 

      14 months ago from UK

      You make some interesting points in this article.

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      Eric Dierker 

      14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I have a plan to do this more fully I even work at it so that someday in the future I can do it naturally. Isn't that funny. Right here right now it makes me in the future instead of the present. Oh well progress and not perfection is sought in the moment.

      Thank you for this insightful hub.

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      Niks 

      14 months ago from India

      You not only mentioned the value of living in the present but actually described some techniques. The art of living in the present is not easy but once learned is a great way to cut off the unnecessary loads of the past and future. Thanks, Suchi for such an inspiring article.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      14 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Very nice and valuable article, with some words of wisdom.

      We all learn it gradually, as we mature, that the past is gone and it’s useless to keep on thinking about it. It’s in our own interest to live in the present.

      You have some nice tips and suggestions, which might help many.

      Thanks for sharing.

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      Devika Primić 

      14 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Interesting hub! Living int he past is of no purpose and I believe in living in the now. It is so important to focus on the present. I do ot know the future and believe the past stays there. Your points are useful and most helpful to all.

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      Prantika Samanta 

      14 months ago from Kolkata, India

      This is one of the most difficult things in life. We tend to dwell in the past dissecting an error or crying over the same woes again and again. Most of us love to overthink how to react or respond about a situation that has yet not occurred. Present moment is really a present as there is no guarantee that we will stay alive in the next moment. So, staying in the present and making most of it should be our mindset. Meditation, walking, and traveling work for me. Thank you for sharing your tips.

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      Suchismita Pradhan 

      14 months ago from India

      Thanks Raymond for stoping by.You are right,it is easier said than done but its not impossible.All we need to take some baby steps daily to achieve that peace.

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      Paul Ledford 

      14 months ago from Japan

      As we get older, our clock seems to start ticking faster and faster. Your tips for staying in the moment are spot on. We spend so much time dwelling on the past and worrying about our future. It's important to take time for yourself and the things that matter most in your life.

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      Raymond Philippe 

      14 months ago from The Netherlands

      You are right. Living in the moment is so important. But for many of us (i am no exception) it is easier said than done. I have greatly benefited from meditation and walking. But on several other points you mentioned I am still a work in progress. I enjoyed reading your article.

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