5 Practical Tips for Living in the Present Moment

living in the present moment “What day is it?”

It’s today,” squeaked Piglet.

My favorite day,” said Pooh.”

– A.A. Milne

When clients come to my San Diego office, one of the complaints I often get is they just can’t focus on the task at hand. They want to use hypnosis and Neuro Linguistic Programming techniques to help them stay focused and in the present moment.

Living in the Present Moment

A great skill to nurture is that of living in the present moment.

Living in the present moment simply means being focused on your environment and the task at hand. It means that your mind isn’t wondering about, thinking about anything else.

Living in the present moment means focusing on what is right in front of you.

The Importance of Living in the Moment

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Living in the present moment provides an abundance of excellent benefits.

Being able to be in the present moment is relaxing. That’s because your brain isn’t buzzing about thinking about 20 different things.

Living in the present moment allows you to actually live your life, as opposed to trying to live in the past or thinking about what the future might bring.

In addition, living in the present allows you to be far more productive.

Learning to Live in the Present Moment

Learning to live in the present moment is a skill anyone can learn.

Use the following 5 tips to help you learn to live in the present moment:

1. Notice what’s going on around you.

It’s amazing how many people have no idea what’s going on around them. An easy method of being in the present moment is, when you’re not actively engaged in doing something productive; really pay attention to what’s going on around you.

Let’s say you’re on a walk. Make a decision to pay attention to everything.

For example, as the cars drive by what color are they, how many people are in them? If you see an animal scurrying around, what kind of animal was it, how big is it, what color was it?

Notice the wind blowing the trees, the clouds floating by in the sky, Notice everything.

Listen to all the sounds around you. What do you hear, the sound of the wind in the trees, the cars going by? Notice as many different sounds as possible.

Also notice what you feel. Can you feel the cool air moving across your arms as they swing by your side? Does any part of your body feel sore? Is the ground beneath your feet hard or soft? Are your hands warm or cold?

Do you smell anything, the flowers, the car exhaust, did a skunk pass by here recently?

When you’re not actively engaged in a productive task, focus on your surroundings. That’s really living in the present moment.

2. Pay attention to the task at hand.         

If you’re pulling weeds in the garden, focus on pulling weeds. If you’re writing a report, put all your attention on writing that report.

While it will take time and practice to do it reasonably well, you can learn to stay focused on the task at hand.

When your mind starts to slip away, as it always will, bring it gently back on task by deciding to let go of your previous thought.

You’ll get so much more accomplished by paying attention to the task at hand. In fact you’ll amaze yourself at how much you can get done.

You’ll also reduce your worry and stress. It’s a lot harder to be stressed when you’re only thinking about the task at hand.  In fact, there’s no room for stress when you’re living in the present moment.

3. Come back to the present moment by focusing on your breathing.

If you discover that you’re having a hard time focusing on your work or environment, take a moment to focus on your breathing.

Breathing is a constant in your universe. You are always breathing.

Focusing on your breathing helps to get your brain and body in sync. By focusing on your breathing you bring your thoughts back to the present moment.

Deep breathing will keep your mind from wandering so much. Just practicing deep breathing for 5 to 10 minutes can get you back in the present moment and ready for transitioning to focusing on something else.

4. Make a Game Out of Practicing  

As you practice staying in the present moment, make a game out of it.

See if you can stay focused on pulling the weeds in your garden for 15 minutes without thinking one stray thought; even thinking about how glad you’ll be when all the weeds are all pulled.

Try to stay focused and in the present moment with everything that you do, all day long.

5. Practice deep breathing at night in bed.

Many people find that their mind wanders at night in bed. To counteract this, focus on your breathing.

People suffer from insomnia because their mind wanders all over the place, getting them worked up as they lay in bed.

You might think about the terrible time you had at work was or about how much work you have to do tomorrow. This isn’t helpful for anyone.

Instead of letting your mind keep you up at night, focus on your breathing until you gently fall asleep.

Living in the Present Moment is Worth It

Yes it’s going to take effort to be more present, but it’s worth it.

As you learn to stay in the present moment you’ll be amazed at how much better you feel and how much more you can get done.

While it’s not easy, you can do it.

Make a game of it. Think of it as exercise for your brain.

As you practice, you’ll get a little better at staying in the present moment every day.

Whatever you do keep practicing; the rewards of living in the present moment will pay you tremendous dividends for the rest of your life!

A Guide for Living in the Present Moment

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Would you like to learn how to live in the present moment? My book, Modern Mindfulness, gives you a step-by-step guide on living in the present moment. For more information, follow this link…

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About the Author

Wil Dieck is America’s #1 Mental Fitness Coach©. He is also the founder of Total Mind Therapy©, a system that uses Neuro Emotional Conditioning (NEC)©.

NEC is a system that uses the best of three highly effective processes, Advanced Hypnotherapy (Hypnosis), Neuro Linguistic Programming techniques (NLP) and the deep breathing meditative breathing techniques from Qigong, a Chinese Martial Art. He has combined them into one powerful system that can help you make quick and lasting shifts in your thinking and your behavior.

Wil is a Master Neuro Linguistic Programming Practitioner (NLP) hypnotherapist and Qigong Practitioner. His office is located in San Diego, CA.

He has taught hundreds of people in individual and business settings how to use Neuro Emotional Conditioning (NEC)© techniques in both their business and personal lives in ways to stay in the present moment so they can better live the life of their dreams.

Wil is available for individual coaching sessions and group presentations on how to use NEC or hypnosis and Neuro Linguistic Programming as well as the deep breathing meditation techniques from Qigong for staying in the present moment.

If you are interested in learning more about using Neuro Emotional Conditioning (NEC)© techniques as ways for staying in the present moment then call (619) 293-3255 for your complimentary personalized assessment and action plan. In this session we’ll discuss the goals you wish to reach and you’ll go away with an action plan packed with information on how to reach your goals.