Do you live in the present moment?
Do you enjoy, and make the most of the present moment, or does your mind drift to other matters instead of focusing the present, on your environment, and on what you are doing at the moment?
You are sitting in a train heading toward your destination, a place you have fantasized about, and are eager to reach there as fast as possible.
The train is packed with people, the seats are not comfortable, there is a lot of noise, and all you want is to arrive at your destination and get off the train. Throughout the journey, you feel impatient and stressed, and do not enjoy the trip.
You have often fantasized about where you are traveling to, and are eager to arrive there. However, when you arrive at your destination, you discover that it is not as interesting, beautiful and exciting as you thought it would be.
You have traveled a long way, and did not enjoy the journey, and now, at your destination, you are not as joyous and happy as you thought you would be.
Does this sound familiar?
Everything could have been different, if you have set on the journey with a different attitude.
You could have focused on the present moment and tried to make the most of it, instead of being impatient.
You could have programmed your mind to enjoy the journey, even though you did not like being on the train. You could have spoken with the other passengers, you could have enjoyed the scenery, and you could have read a book, listened to music or meditated.
You would have arrived at your destination with a happier state of mind.
Life is like a journey. Sometimes the journey of life is unpleasant and difficult, and there are pitfalls, failure and problems. However, no matter what kind of life you are living, you can change your attitude, be more positive, and start enjoying life.
You can enjoy the journey your in the train, and you can find ways to enjoy the journey of life.
You can constantly complain, focus on problems, and be in a bad mood, unhappy and miserable. Would that make life better for you? No, this attitude will make your miserable and increase your suffering.
The solution is to focus on the present moment. With this attitude, you do not allow your mind to dwell on past problems and you do not allow it worry about the future. You focus on the present, do the best you can in every situation, and strive to see the good and beneficial.
How to Live in the Present Moment and Enjoy It
What can you do to enjoy the present moment?
The present moment is all there is. The past is gone and the future has not arrived yet. At each moment of your life you can only live in the present. The best thing you can do is try to focus on the immediate present, make the most of it, and try to enjoy it.
Dwelling on the past and worrying about the future will not make you happy or improve your life. You need to Detach yourself from the past, plan for the future, but don’t worry about it. You need focus mainly on what you are doing now, in the present moment.
Like a journey on a train, you will enjoy it more, if instead of focusing on what is bothering you and on the things you don’t like, you pay attention to other, more useful matters. Look the scenery, talk with the passengers or do anything else that makes the time pass more pleasurably and beneficially.
What to Do to Enjoy the Present Moment?
1. When you wake up in the morning, make a resolution to make this day a happier day.
2. Throughout the day, remind yourself often, to focus on what you are doing, instead of thinking of other things.
3. Try to focus on what you are doing, while dressing, eating, working, carrying out chores and tasks, and at other times.
Try not to do things in an absent-minded way, and you will discover that you are becoming more efficient, do fewer mistakes, and start enjoying what you are doing.
4. Ask yourself, several times a day, what you can do differently to make each present moment more enjoyable. How to live in this present moment, not just physically, but also mentally. This might be enjoying a cup of coffee, taking walk, going to a movie, or reading a book.
5. When you catch yourself dwelling on the past and on problems, or worrying about the future, bring your mind immediately to the present moment, to what you are doing at this moment.
6. While traveling by bus train, enjoy the scenery and look at the people around you. You may also read a book or listen to music.
7. Always remember, you can complain, be unsatisfied and unhappy, and focus on the problems and difficulties. This will make your journey difficult.
On the other hand, you can find new things to do, try to enjoy what you are doing and focus on solutions.
8. You can choose to look at the negative side of things, and you can learn to look and see the bright side.
9. You might not always have the power to change external situations, but you can certainly change your attitude. You can choose to be more positive enjoy the present moment, and you can choose to focus on the negative and make your life unpleasant and miserable.
Remember, you can decide to enjoy the journey and make the most of it, in every situation, or be impatient, unhappy, unsatisfied and suffer.
The journey is no less important than the destination. The way to your goal is no less important than the goal. Enjoy the journey.
You can enjoy everything more, learn more, and get more benefits, if you use your time more wisely, by striving to live in the present, being conscious of it, and making the most of it.
Living in the Present Quotes
“Do not dwell on the past, do not dream of the future, concentrated the mind on the present moment.”
“Live in the present and make it so beautiful that it will be worth remembering.” – Ida Scott Taylor
“If you must look back, do so forgivingly. If you must look forward, do so prayerfully. However, the wisest thing you can do is to be present in the present. Gratefully.”
– Maya Angelou
“Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.”
– Alice Morse Earle
“Children have neither a past nor a future. Thus they enjoy the present, which seldom happens to us.”
– Jean de La Bruyère
“There is one thing we can do, and the happiest people are those who can do it to the limit of their ability. We can be completely present. We can be all here. We can give all our attention to the opportunity before us.”
– Mark Van Doren