The majority of us find it difficult to sit in one place for more than a few minutes without our minds wandering. One practical way to nurture the skill of being present is to expose the mind to new tasks every day. It doesn’t have to be extravagant or cost money. You could take a new route to work, cook a new dish, watch a television programme you don’t usually watch or meet up with an old friend. What about simple things like sitting in a different place to eat dinner or changing your sleeping position? The list is endless and it’s a fun exercise to do. By doing this regularly your brain will shift its focus from long-term to short-term memory in order to record the onslaught of daily events. You will effectively move your past experiences to the back of your mind and focus on the present. It will become a natural habit. (Remember: It can take up to 21 days for your mind to adopt a new habit. This is why regular practice is advisable).
The stress of living in the past or worrying about the future can directly affect how you feel about life. If you feel regretful, you can’t connect to life fully and that will make you sluggish. You’ll drag your feet and even procrastinate. Life is all about joy and fresh experiences. If you’re not experiencing life now you’ll lose that buoyant glow of vitality. You may even become weak as a result. So try to experience something new on a daily basis. Fill each moment with life, there’s so much of it!
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