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4 Tips To “Living In The Moment”

Posted by Catherine Morgan on February 6, 2007

Living In The Present Moment — by Catherine Morgan

Are you only concerned with adding days to your life, and forgetting to add life to your days? If so, you are not alone. This is a problem many of us have, and the reason we should all try to make a conscious effort, to live in the present moment.

When we are living in the moment, we are totally immersed in what we are doing. I’m not suggesting in any way, that we should attempt to live in the moment 100% of the time, as much as it would be great if we could, it’s just not practical. To do that, we would be setting ourselves up for failure. What I want you to do, is just make an “attempt” at living in the present moment, this is a positive start, and in the right direction. So, how can you start? Well, you start with “awareness”.

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First, be conscious of what you are thinking. Make a mental note whenever you find yourself focusing on something negative. Are there certain things that come up more than other things? Most likely, your negative feelings are based in something from your past, or something you fear in your future.

Second, write down on a piece of paper, some of the negative thoughts that are coming up more than others. Just try for two or three right now, you don’t want to be overwhelmed. If in a few days, you find that this exercise was helpful, then by all means, go back and work on a few more issues. Just take it slow, no rush, no pressure.

Third, look at these negative thoughts for a minute. The ones that are from your past, even if it was just yesterday, put a “P” next to them. The ones that are worries or fears of something in your future, even if it is tomorrow, mark with an “F”.

Forth, take some time to “brain-storm” with these thoughts. Are they things that are totally out of your control? Or something from your past, that there is no way to change? Put a line through any of those types of thoughts. Anything still on the paper, take some time to jot down different ideas of how you might reconcile the issue. There is no right or wrong way to do this. Be as brief or as detailed with this as you would like to be.

This process is about awareness, nothing more, nothing less. You need to be “aware” of your thoughts, not just let them run wildly in your head. This is the first step to living in the present moment. Even if you are only “in the moment”, for a few minutes a day, that is better than not at all. So now, when these thoughts come into your head, stop yourself from letting them bother you, let them go. Doing this should be easy, since you are now aware of them, and know what you can control and what you cant. Now you can replace those thoughts, with the things that right now (the present moment), you are grateful for. Just be at peace with this moment, and with yourself.

Now, think about this. The only moment in which we can truly be happy, is the present moment. The only moment that we have control of, is the present moment. So let go of the negative thoughts, and be happy now! Because if not now, then when?











13 Responses to “4 Tips To “Living In The Moment””

  1. Hi Catherine, i was reading ur page and it is very interesting, i like the items u are focusing on, they are very useful. Congratulations :))

  2. Thanks for you kind comment.

  3. Catherine,

    Great post. As Buddha taught – Detach emotions from self and live life without expectations is the key to eternal Nirvana. Bravo article on living in the present. I’ve written a similar one that I wold like your comments for.

    I like your blog and theme.


  4. I really enjoyed the post. I am one of those people that struggle to stay in the present moment and can easily let negative thoughts “run away” with my emotions. I will try writing them down in the evenings and practice the exercise. I think it can be a great help.

    Thanks for the great blog!

  5. Ken said

    Good post! “We are what we think.” – Buddha (BC)

  6. Godfrey said

    Hi catherine

    i am 17, i remember 4 years back in school being a brillant student and a happy boy but then something happened on the way , i dont know what .
    My life became a failure day by day, its not that i became a bad boy, no , something changed in the way , the way i think or live my life.
    I always feel like my mind is neither in the present nor in the past and also i have been never good in my studies, it seems like something is pushing me back to accomplish my goals, i’m totally confused with my life. I am having a hard time with my life ,i try to win over this thing but its always temporary if i get better.
    I am not sure if this is a depression or may be some other mind problems.

    I’ve read your tips to live at the present moment, its wonderful . . Am trying to do what you said.

    Please if you have any idea about what am going through please give me a little of a helping hand,

    God bless. `

  7. terie said

    Hi goldfry , I think a lot people are going true what your going true . Its a commen state of the mind when you let your mind take over with daily noise in the head , its not real its just your mind liveing in the past because like everyones mind you have to learn to youse your consious mind which is usualy the voice od wisdom in your head when all the rubbish is going on in your head. A good book to help you on your to fully being present in the moment of your life is the Power of now . good look God Bless x.

  8. chandrasekara swaminathan said

    dear goldfry, kindly read ” power of now” by Ekhart tolle . that is very good suggestion. that will solve all your problems.

  9. mohinder said


  10. Pat Campbell said

    Hi Catherine

    I work with groups on motivation. Recently one member of a group, a young girl who came through some very serious issues, came up with her own slogan. ” I used to count the days so that they would go by quickly, now I make every day count.”

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