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How to live in the moment

Updated: Mar 3

Live in the moment

You have the power to cultivate a sense of inner stillness and peace, no matter what is happening around you.

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When you prioritize your mental and emotional health, you begin to realize that your external circumstances don't have to dictate your inner state. With consistent practice, you can learn to detach yourself from the chaos and find a sense of calm within yourself.

This can be achieved through mindfulness techniques such as meditation, deep breathing, or simply taking a moment to pause and tune into your thoughts and feelings. 

It's important to remember that finding inner stillness is not a one-time accomplishment, but rather a continuous journey that requires patience, self-compassion, and practice. By prioritizing your inner peace, you can cultivate a more fulfilling and joyful life, no matter what challenges come your way.

If you're feeling anxious or depressed, the first step is to recognize that you're not in the present moment. You might be worried about what could happen in the future or dwelling on past mistakes. But the truth is, the only moment we have any control over is the present.

Living in the moment is an essential part of our personal growth journey, it involves being fully present in the current moment without judgment. This practice can help you become more aware of your thoughts, feelings, and surroundings, as well as increase your overall sense of well-being.

Deepak Chopra said, "In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you." 

This is where mindfulness comes into play. It's all about being present in the moment without any judgment, helping you tune in and find peace in a world of chaos. It's a simple yet powerful way to cultivate inner stillness and tranquility, even during a busy day.

If you’re looking to develop a mindfulness practice for your personal growth here’s an easy exercise you can start with:

  1. Set aside some time each day to practice mindfulness. This can be as little as 5-10 minutes or as long as an hour, depending on your schedule and preferences.

  2. Find a quiet, comfortable place where you can sit or lie down without distractions. You can close your eyes or keep them open, whichever feels more comfortable to you.

  3. Focus your attention on your breath, noticing the sensation of air moving in and out of your body. If your mind starts to wander, gently bring it back to your breath without judging yourself.

  4. As you practice mindfulness, try to cultivate a sense of curiosity and openness towards your experience. Notice any thoughts, feelings, or physical sensations that arise without trying to change or control them.

The Benefits of Journaling

To achieve success on your journey, it is crucial to focus on personal growth and self-reflection. One highly recommended tool is journaling. In my online workshops, I assign journaling activities because they allow for better thought organization, self-expression, self-improvement, reflection, and healing.

Wait, journaling? Yes, indeed! As an author, it's ironic that I struggled with this practice for a while. I was capable of giving guidance and wisdom to others, but following my own advice was the most challenging task. However, I learned to let go of expectations, judgments, and overthinking and allowed myself to simply exist and write.

If you need some guidance getting started with your journal, read my blog post titled, A Beginner Guide to Journaling for Personal Growth!

Support matters!

Equally important along your journey to self-improvement, is surrounding yourself with a helpful, safe, support system. People who respect and uplift you can make all the difference in achieving your goals. They can offer encouragement, advice, and even hold you accountable for your actions. 

Remember to honor your strides, whether they be small or slow, for they kindle the fire of your determination towards the grander horizon.

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