What does living in now refer to? It means that awareness is completely centered on the here and now, not worrying about future neither recalling the past. Future and past do not exist, now and here is where your life is happening.
“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.” – Buddha
1. Take notice of all that surrounds you
I consider this ability the most important one as it is tool to redirect thoughts from negative or from moments other than present to your life. Regardless of what you are doing, take notice everything around you. Maybe on your way to work you go through a green park, over a beautiful bridge, maybe you are eating pastry, bask in the sun or simply take a bath.
Recently I’ve read ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ in which Elizabeth Gilbert writes about a friend who, wherever see a beautiful place she exclaims “It’s so beautiful here! I want to come back here someday!”. Gilbert took all her persuasive powers trying to convince her that she was already there!
2. Do not multi-task
When you are bathing, just bathe, when you are smelling a flower, just feel its fragrance, when you are eating, just eat etc. Zen proverb: “When walking, walk. When eating, eat.”
3. Meditation music
Soothing music assists you in getting your body relaxed and reduces how much stress you feel. It helps you connect mind, body and soul to inner inner peace. Quieting your thoughts and feeling your the state of peace within is like having a stress-proof around you assisting your body to release its healing powers.
4. Spend at least 10 minutes a day doing nothing
Sit alone in silence focusing on your breathe. Notice the surroundings and become comfortable with the still state of mind. Afterwards you will pick up the benefits of doing nothing.
5. Listen to people
How many times did you notice when talking to someone that you actually are thinking about what we need to do in the future? Or maybe thinking about what we are going to say next, instead of listening to that person? Focus on being present, on listening and enjoying the time with that person. Showing how much you value people, you will bring a greater meaning to your life.
6. Commit acts of kindness
Make small donations, help people affected by disasters, help an old lady to cross the street, sincerely compliment someone, feel that you contribute to a better world.
7. Savor each bite of food
East slowly, savor each bite and get the most out of your food. You end up eating less and digesting better as well.
8. Transform cleaning into mediation
Cleaning is often seen as fatigue duty, but actually it can become great ways to practice mindfulness and can be great ritual. Put your mind into those tasks, concentrate and do them slowly and completely.