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How to be Present and Live in the Moment

15th January 2016

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WHEREVER YOU ARE, BE ALL THERE ~ Jim Elliot

It seems crazy that many of us want to learn how to be present because surely this is something that should come naturally? But living in a world of distractions we can find our minds are not fully present. Often, we’re so caught up in thought – reliving past events or thinking about the future – that we miss the world around us.

Before Christmas, I caught the bus home and as I looked out the window I took delight in the things going on around me. People sat in cosy coffee shops, smiling faces, twinkly fairy lights, excited children, overflowing shopping bags, Christmas trees lined up on the pavement waiting to be taken home and decorated. I paused for a moment to look around the bus and I noticed everyone else was looking at their phone. Perhaps there was something better happening on Facebook. After all, who am I to judge?

After years of racing thoughts and continuous iPhone use, I decided to calm my mind. And after reading a few books and practicing mindfulness and meditation, I’ve broken down the challenge of being present into three simple steps.

BREATHE

The quickest and easiest way to bring yourself into the present moment is to breathe. So, if you find your mind is racing simply acknowledge your thoughts, let them go and move your attention to the breath. This is a great technique if you’re feeling worried or stressed.

FEEL

Be aware of the sensation of your body, your feet on the floor or your body in a chair. Focus on the feeling of your clothes against your skin and the air around you. Relax your body and try to let go of any tension. I find moving my fingers and toes shifts the attention away from my mind and to my body and the present moment.

FOCUS

Focus on what’s around you by taking in every detail including the sounds, smells and atmosphere. I like to imagine I’m a tourist exploring a new place for the very first time – there’s always something I haven’t noticed before.

If you’re with people listen to their words and perhaps put your phone away so you’re not distracted. Nothing on the internet is more important than the person sat in front of you. Remember this moment will never be the same again.

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This is the next instalment in my 4k photo journey. Over Christmas my niece kindly allowed me to film her as she blew bubbles in a Herefordshire forest. I was thrilled to capture her on film – especially recording the joy as she watched the bubbles disappear into the trees. I spent no more than five minutes filming and then I could put my camera away, be present and fully enjoy the day. And to be honest, after five minutes she’d had enough anyway!

You can read more about 4k photography here and on my previous posts here and here. I hope you have a wonderful day.

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10 Comments

  • Reply Enchanted Pixie 15th January 2016 at 1:53 pm

    love this post! It’s something I’ve been making more of an effort with lately – making sure I am present esp with my kiddos – it’s easy to be distracted or not fully with them isn’t it?

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 15th January 2016 at 2:52 pm

      Thanks so much. It’s so easy to get distracted and so it’s worth pushing back every now and then! x

  • Reply Eva 15th January 2016 at 5:00 pm

    I love your post, so positive attitude ! It’s true that very often we are so busy in look at the past or future that we forgot present. I will try yours advices, thanks !
    Have a lovely weekend ! xoxo

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 15th January 2016 at 5:05 pm

      Thank you Eva for your kind words, I hope you have a fabulous weekend! x

  • Reply Emmaly Knecht 15th January 2016 at 5:26 pm

    Be in the moment!! Something i am definitely striving for during this busy time before my website launch. My tool right now is listening to music. It lets me take a step back from all the lists and just breath. *takes a deep breath*

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 15th January 2016 at 5:40 pm

      Good luck with the launch and keep playing those tunes! x

  • Reply Lia 16th January 2016 at 8:18 am

    I love this, and can really identify. Lauren Laverne wrote something similar about journeys in particular & trying to not spend them staring at her phone and just being present in, and taking note of her surroundings. Thanks for sharing your tips – it’s good to have some gentle & effective reminders. x

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 17th January 2016 at 11:37 am

      Thanks Lia for stopping by. I try to be more mindful if I’m walking, travelling, washing up, swimming etc and it makes such a difference. Have a lovely day. x

  • Reply florenceandmary 10th February 2016 at 10:08 am

    Such an important post that over Christmas and January, whilst having a break from blogging I realised it was more important to be out with friends and family than worrying about taking blog photos or meeting self imposed deadlines that just weren’t important.

    Likewise I’ve started saying ‘no’ so I actually end up doing more, but what brings me pleasure rather than meeting obligations which really are not that important.

    Victoria x
    FlorenceandMary.com

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 17th February 2016 at 4:42 pm

      That all sounds good to me. I think we are all very hard on ourselves – let’s make 2016 a year of kindness. x

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