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Be present


The art of being present

“If you are depressed you are living in the past.
If you are anxious you are living in the future.
If you are at peace you are living in the present”

– Lao Tzu

That’s it, I could start and end this post here 🙂 …but let’s talk about it a little bit more… this quote from Lao Tzu, is the deepest secret of happiness.

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How many times were you working on something but your mind was focused on the next moment?

Have you ever been on a vacation or doing something you love but had the thought “this is so fun but soon it will be Monday and I’ll be back at work”?.

This kind of thinking allows your mind to steal away your precious time.

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When you are working on getting the job done or crushing the milestones to reach your dream, it isn’t easy to be present.

We have a strategic mind by default, so we are constantly thinking on what’s next.

I like to think that we don’t have 21 organs, we have 22, because of the to-do list incorporated in our body from the moment we open the eyes to this world.

I’m not saying that you need to stop planning your day, week, month, year or life, not at all.

You need a plan to reach your dream, a goal without a plan is just a wish.

What I’m saying is: take your time to create a plan and then put the work on it.

Every plan is divided into tasks, the key is to work on one task at a time, and stay 100% focus on what you are doing, stop thinking about the next task.

Self-awareness is key to identify that moment when your mind starts to fly to the next moment.

How can I be present?

You need to rewire your brain …quiet your mind, and allow you some time to practice stillness and calm.

You can start practicing Mindfulness!

Mindfulness is the ability to be fully present, the ability to be aware of where we’re and what we’re doing.

I love the following text from Psychology Today

Here’s the most fundamental paradox of all: Mindfulness isn’t a goal, because goals are about the future, but you do have to set the intention of paying attention to what’s happening at the present moment.

As you read the words printed on this page, as your eyes distinguish the black squiggles on white paper, as you feel gravity anchoring you to the planet, wake up.

Become aware of being alive.

And breathe.

As you draw your next breath, focus on the rise of your abdomen on the in-breath, the stream of heat through your nostrils on the out-breath.

If you’re aware of that feeling right now, as you’re reading this, you’re living in the moment.

Nothing happens next.

It’s not a destination.

This is it.

You’re already there. 

In the movie After Earth, there is a conversation between Will Smith and his son that illustrate perfectly what you can do if you start feeling anxious, taking the knee is optional 😉

Kitai, calm down.
Take a knee.
Root yourself in this present moment, now.
Sight, sound.
What do you feel?

Be present and I can guarantee you, that you’ll feel good immediately, it’s like a magic.

What do you do to stay focused on the present moment?

Leave a comment and let me know!

I wish you happiness, love and the courage to live your life according to your priorities ♥

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