Mindfulness is the practice of being present in the moment. It is quite often associated with the saying “don’t let the future steal your present”. By learning and practicing how to be more present in the moment, the benefits to this mental lifestyle are endless. Studies have shown that those who adopt the mindset of living in the moment tend to be happier, calmer, more relaxed, and appreciative. It can also increase one’s ability to be in tune with their thoughts and emotions.
It is quite often said that depression lives in the past and anxiety lives in the future. Therefore, remaining in the present provides a sense of calmness and peace of mind. The excitement of awaiting something out of the ordinary or special is easily understood – whether it be bad or good – but by focusing so heavily on what isn’t currently happening, you miss out on all of the amazing things happening in front of you.
By being present in the moment, you obtain a higher level of satisfaction, allow yourself to have a better experience, and feel more fulfilled as the event has not come and gone as quickly. It is great to perceive time as a precious commodity. Don’t mentally rush through it or wish it away. Savor the moment, and start (or continue) doing the things you love and that fill you up. It’s when you fix your eyes on those slower moments of life that your appreciation and relaxation increases, opposed to anxiety or depression if your mind is focused elsewhere in time.
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