I am sure you've heard it before...Live in the present moment. Karpe Diem.
But what does it truly mean?
Are we really living our lives either in the past or future instead of truly enjoying the present moment?
In these times it's not always that easy. There's always something we need to prepare for or expect, and our lives are so well-documented that getting lost in the past has never been easier.
Given our fast-paced lives and tight schedules, a baseline of anxiety, stress, and dissatisfaction has become the new normal. You may not know it, but your tendency for getting dragged into the past and future might leave you exhausted and out of touch with yourself.
The good news is there are ways to be more "in the moment" when you bring mindfulness into your daily routine.
Sometimes it can be as simple as observing your breathing.
Take a few minutes from your day to focus on your breathing. It’s important to remember that mindfulness isn’t a once-off kind of thing. You can start to practice your breathing by taking some deep breaths, in and out. Try casting your wandering thoughts aside.
Being in the present moment, or the “here and now,” means that we are aware and mindful of what is happening at this very moment. We are not distracted by ruminations on the past or worries about the future but centered in the here and now. All of our attention is focused on the present moment (Thum, 2008).
He said, There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done.
One is called yesterday and the other is called tomorrow, so today is the right day to love,
believe, do and mostly live."