There are times when I either get caught up with worrying about the future or having regrets about the past. In recent years, such times have greatly reduced. This is mainly because I’ve learned to focus on enjoying the now – the present moment.

Enjoying The Now

There’s a simple exercise I do when I start to revert to worry-mode and I’d like to share it with you.

Here’s what I do:

  • Stop whatever I’m doing and relax for a moment.
  • Experience the quiet calm of the moment.
  • Let go of the worries about the future and the regrets about the past.
  • Focus my awareness on the ‘now’.
  • Realize this is exactly where I am supposed to be ‘now’
  • Give thanks for the moment.

It only takes a minute to do, but the results are instant. I notice that I immediately I become aware of the sounds around me. I become aware of my body. My breathing slows down and I feel much lighter. Most of all, I’m flooded with gratitude for all I am and have.

Try it out, if you don’t already, and let me know how it works for you. I you have other ways of enjoying the ‘now’ I’d love to hear about them. 

Quotes about enjoying the ‘now’:

The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”
― Eleanor Roosevelt

“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Happiness, not in another place but this place…not for another hour, but this hour.”
― Walt Whitman

We are always getting ready to live but never living.
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Forever is composed of nows.”
― Emily Dickinson

Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.
― John Lennon

“Be present in all things and thankful for all things.”
― Maya Angelou

“You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island of opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this.”
― Henry David Thoreau

It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.
― Henry David Thoreau

 

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