11 Ways The Mind Abandons The Present Moment

There are a number of ways for the mind to lose focus of what is important and to check out of the present moment. Understanding the nature of our minds, even just a little bit better, can add a boundless amount of value to our lives. Here are 11 ways the mind becomes removed from the present moment.

1. Expectations

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“Trade your expectations for appreciation and the world changes instantly.”

Having low to no expectations allows the mind to stay open to all possibilities, which makes it possible for anyone to fully enjoy the moments they find themselves in.

2. Following Thoughts

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Following random thoughts not only causes the mind to lose focus but may also lead to anxiety, confusion, depression, and other negative states that can easily be avoided just by staying mindful.

3. Technology

For most of us, checking our phone every once in a while has become a habit that we aren’t even aware of. In order to ensure technology is helping us, opposed to holding us back, it’s important to bring your full attention to technology as well as everything else.

4. Doubt

Doubt only gets in the way of what we can accomplish.

5. Hopes & Fears 

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6. Emotions

7. Attachment 

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Think of what causes you to suffer. Is it related to some form of attachment?

8. Habits

Every habit we have is constantly causing us to check out of what is going on in the moment.

9. Thinking about the past & future 

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10. Overthinking 

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Overthinking will more than likely lead to negative and unnecessary thoughts.

11. Judging 

Imagine how much more interesting life would be if we replaced our judgments with curiosity.

 

Did you enjoy this post? Then you may like the 10 Everyday Situations That Mindfulness Transforms!

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5 thoughts on “11 Ways The Mind Abandons The Present Moment

  1. Following thoughts is something I’d like to rein in. The problem is, it doesn’t feel like a loss of focus, but a shift. I’m intensely focused, then I’m intensely focused on whatever butterfly distracted me. I suppose my triage mechanisms are weak 🙂

    • I know what you mean! Personally I think that being intensely focused on whatever crosses our path is a positive quality as long as we perceive them in a nonjudgmental manner and stay rooted in the present moment.

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