Wherever you are, be there totally. If you find your here and now intolerable and it makes you unhappy, you have three options: remove yourself from the situation, change it, or accept it totally.
― Eckhart Tolle
I feel that I have a responsibility as a Life Coach and Kundalini Yoga Teacher to help and guide others to live in the moment.
I was lucky enough to attend a bloggers conference over the weekend in the Gold Coast. I feel so full to the brim of gratitude for being able to attend such an incredible event and listen to such inspiring change makers of our world. I left feeling excited with so many ideas, inspiration and goals for my business and blog.
On Sunday morning, I had some free time to sit on the beach and journal and it got me thinking on my life purpose which is also known as dharma.
Dharma is much more than your job or career. Your dharma is that persisting energy of fruition in the universe that drives everything forward towards self-awareness. Every SINGLE one of us has a purpose or dharma in life.
We wouldn’t exist, if we didn’t!
I believe we nearly need to search the world to find our purpose, and I know that’s been a huge part in me finding my dharma. The clues lye deep within our heart but we need to be able to access our heart space to be able to get to them.
Your dharma comes down to what it is you have to give back to the world and for that I believe you really need to know who you truly are because that is what you have to give.
I believe, when you find your true self, you find your love and happiness, and that will flow in to every single thought and action in your life!
Do you struggle with living in the moment? Would you like to be able to live more in the moment?
Today I’m going to share some tips with you on how you can live more in the moment and be more present because when we’re present we’re really living life!
How to live more in the moment
1. Start Yoga or take it back up if you’ve allowed it to slip away from you life. Yoga will consciously allow you to become more and more aware of the present moment. Yoga is not just a stretching routine that helps you get flexible. In essence, the yoga practice will seek out to answer your very question of what defines the present moment and will help root your consciousness directly in it. I’ll be honest, its not an easy state to be in and its something you could spend your whole life practicing and perhaps still only glimpse of a few treasurable moments in! Through the learning and understanding of yoga, I’ve learned to turn fear into compassion, find courage and strength through sadness and most importantly embrace the present moment. My daily yoga practice demands that I remain awake and alert while feeling and being in my body.
2. Meditate. Meditating is nothing more than focusing on the present moment. The easiest way for you meditate or to start a meditation practice is to simply focus on your breath, because you breath is always there with you. Your mind will wander and thoughts will come and go (that’s ok, be ok with that!), that’s just a habit of our mind – the challenge for you is to take it back to the breath. When it wanders, just let go of the thought and bring your attention back in to that very present moment by focusing once again on your breath.
3. Brush your teeth with your opposite hand. So what I mean here is, if you’re right handed switch to the left hand and vise versa. Your mind won’t have a chance to wander as it will be so caught up on what you have to do. Try it!
4. Practice slowing down. One of the ways I like to do this is by mindfully eating. Take a minute and go get a handful of nuts or a piece of fruit. Now, take one nut and eat it, but don’t just pop it in your mouth. I want you to slow it right down, imagine you’ve never seen a nut before. Look at it carefully. Reflect on its shape, weight, color, and even texture. Rub the nut gently across your lips, noticing how it feels. Now put the nut in your mouth, and roll it around slowly with your tongue. Notice how it feels in your mouth. Take a small bite, noting the flavor. Next, chew the nut very slowly, focusing on the taste and texture. Try the 30 chews if you can. Then swallow, and follow its path down your throat as far as you can.
5. Try to do just do one thing at a time rather than multitasking. Try single-tasking not multi-tasking. For example, if you’re eating just eat. If you’re on the phone just be on the phone. If you’re driving just drive. If you’re bathing, just bathe. Just put everything in to that one task you’re doing!
6. Take more breaks. After spending 10 years working in corporate banking, I’d the mentality that I needed to fill my day up with so much work and that I wasn’t entitled to a break. I’m trying to regularly remind myself that this is my business and I can chose the way I want to work – I’m now in control. I’m trying to not schedule things so close together – instead, leaving room between things on my schedule. This gives me a much more relaxed schedule but also leaves space in case one task takes longer than I planned.
7. Turn cleaning, washing clothes and cooking into a meditation. For some, these tasks are often seen as boring chores but actually they are great ways to practice mindfulness and meditation. If they seem like boring chores for you, try doing them as a form of meditation and will change everything! Practice putting your full attention into those tasks, focus, and do them slowly and completely. When you get annoyed, just take a deep breath and continue.
8. Join our Energy For Life Academy Community. We’ll help transform you in this area! On top of this we’ll help you maintain a healthier lifestyle and change your relationship with the most important person in your life – with yourself – helping you to finally make peace with it.
Now it’s over to you, I’d love you to share your thoughts on this subject of ”living in the moment”. Tell me what’s your struggles? What do you do on a daily basis to assist with living in the moment? Share in the comments below….
All my love,
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