With all our heart, we may want to achieve great things, except it always seems as if there is never enough time. Perhaps, we do have more time, yet we're not mindful of what's taking up a large portion of our day? We are so consumed in running the rat race that we've become oblivious to area's within our lives which have been taken hostage with our own permission. Primarily: How we spend our time.
Last night, my family and I headed out to Best Buy to purchase new phones. Our two year contract with Verizon ended and we decided to go with another company. Fortunately, all of my contacts and apps on my old phone were able to successfully transfer over to my new phone.
This is when I discovered I had a choice that could be quite liberating. Instead of adding the Facebook messenger app to my new phone or logging into social media, I empowered myself by saying, "No more distractions!"
So this morning after I dropped my daughter off at work, I decided to experiment with being present in the moment. Instead of listening to my favorite radio station or CD, I drove in complete silence. It was freeing! Suddenly, I became more aware of the birds chirping outdoors and it brought feelings of joy.
While I was sitting at the red light, I noticed that my cell phone was no longer annoying me with Facebook dinging in the background to alert me of messages. Also, there were zero disturbances based on the fact that I never logged onto social media. TA DA! I am relishing my own time to myself to fully live in the present moment.
This truly opens up more time for me to be productive each day. To focus on what really matters; my family, my relationships, my health, my faith, drawing closer to God, and to continue sharing a positive message to our world who is desperately seeking healing and hope. My being more productive is extremely beneficial because I am in the beginning phase of writing my third book, Transformed: 60 Days to a Thriving Body, Mind, & Spirit.
As I ponder how being present in the moment can enhance my overall life, I come to realize that it may create a significant awareness of the blessings that surround me. Instead of rushing around multi-tasking and feeling stressed out over the demands shouting for my attention, I can simply breath. In the stillness of the moment, peace may become my best friend.
Rather than juggling a zillion tasks at one time, which doesn't work well for my ADHD, I can allow myself the freedom to concentrate only on my top priorities. (Sorry Facebook, you didn't make the cut.) Even better, when I am present in the moment it will open up more opportunities to connect to God on a deeper level and be aware of His omnipotent presence. This could be life-changing!
8 Tips to Fully Live in the Present Moment:
1) Become more aware of how you are spending your time daily. Build an awareness of what specific area's may need reduced or eliminated.
2) Stop multi-tasking. You do not need to be a super woman or super man.
3) Write a list on paper of everything you are juggling, including home, work, and volunteer responsibilities. For example, are you transporting your children to and from activities five days per week? Write it down. Are you busy chatting with friends on Facebook 24/7? Write it down.
4) Consider unplugging from social media and all distractions for at least 1-2 hours per day. This can open up opportunities for you to become fully present in the moment. It may help you connect to others to build stronger relationships in your home and community.
5) Give yourself permission to fully live in the present moment. Trust that it can reduce your stress and distractions, while empowering you to become more productive and live your passionate purpose.
6) Build your awareness through your senses; sight, sound, touch, and taste. Be in the present moment. Be aware of your surroundings. Listen to the pitter patter of rainfall. Feel the gentle breeze upon your face or the warm sunshine on your skin. Savor the delightful aroma and taste of your favorite dessert.
7) Take time to simply be still. Go to a room in your home or location outdoors where it's quiet and free from distractions. Turn off your computer, cell phone, and Internet. Take a long, deep breath and slowly release it. Allow your body to relax.
8) Spend time in prayer and alone with your Heavenly Maker. Once you are fully present in the moment, you may be able to hear His still soft voice. Give thanks for all of your blessings. Talk to God as if He were right next to you. It does not need to be poetic or elaborate. Just chat with Him as you would your best friend. Treasure your solitude and expect Him to reveal Himself on a much higher level. This can dramatically enhance your spiritual life and deepen your faith.
If you have creative idea's on how to live fully in the present moment, feel free to contact me and share what works great for you. Also, I invite you to subscribe to my blog to receive updates, book release information, and freebies.