Stop! Close your eyes, take a deep breath and breathe in the moment. Go on, take a moment out of your day, live it and breathe it.
That’s the topic of my Micro Mondays this week – Living in the Moment. You can listen to the full episode HERE.
Living in the moment can be difficult. Life can get overloaded, we can get caught up in a cycle of regret as we look back and conversely can wish our lives away planning for the future.
I’m guilty of not doing this and at the moment we are going through some issues related to my MIL’s estate which is causing stress and anxiety to my husband, which then flows to me. Life isn’t all rainbows and unicorns but for our well-being we need to make time for moments of joy and just ‘being present’ and experiencing that moment.
My grandsons, Ethan and Elliot help to ground me and are a constant reminder to me to live in the moment. During the recent school holidays we spent time exploring, baking and just having fun. Children don’t have filters, they don’t think about the future (unless it is getting excited about their birthdays or Santa Claus) they just live life experiencing that moment in time. And the wonderful part is that most of the time it is the simple things they enjoy, which as we get older we take for granted.
How my grandsons and I enjoyed living in the moment during the holidays
We spent two hours making a lovely mess but having fun baking and decorating cookies.
We spent hours on an adventure in the Brisbane Botanic Gardens. This is a perfect outing for children so I’ll write a separate post later.
We spent time at the park climbing, playing hide-and-seek and of course, my favourite having a swing.
There is certainly nothing wrong with creating memories which we can revisit and cherish. That is different to looking back on life with regret or not letting go and living life with limiting beliefs. If we aren’t living in that moment, we lose the opportunity to create those memories. It’s a bit like taking lots of photos when travelling but not really taking in the beauty of what you are seeing. You miss the moment.
5 benefits to living in the moment
- It reduces stress and anxiety
- It promotes gratitude
- It ensures we are ‘being’ and experiencing life rather that being caught up in the ‘busyiness’ of life and missing the special moments.
- It creates memories to cherish
- It brings clarity to overcome obstacles we are facing
5 ways to start living in the moment today
- Take time to meditate or have your own version of quiet time. It relaxes and clears our mind and we are present just in that moment.
- Spend some time with children or relive some of the activities you loved doing as a child.
- Take in a sunrise or sunset and appreciate the beauty around you
- Call a friend and have a chat
- Take time out to get lost in a book.
Are you looking back with regret or spending too much time planning for the future, rather than living in the moment?
Will you try one or all of the five suggestions I’ve given you? I’d love to hear your thoughts on how you are living in the moment.
Linking up with week with #lifethisweek over on Denyse Whelan Blogs.