How I Return to the Present Moment in 4 Steps

There are many ways to step into the present moment no matter what circumstances we find ourselves in. Here are 4 steps that I use to return to the present moment that I would like to share in order to help others find a way that works for them.

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*Continue to be aware of your breath during points 3 and 4.

This short guide will not work best for everyone but focusing on the breath alone is always a good way to begin to root yourself in the present moment.

Please tell us your way of coming back to the present moment!

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14 Quotes That Inspire Us To Live In The Present Moment

In the spirit of Mindfulness Day, the free online awareness event that begins on May 4th held by our friend the Mindfulness Coach, here is a list of quotes that we can refer to at anytime to inspire, motivate, and help us live in the present moment.

1. “A hero is someone who understands the responsibility that comes with his freedom.” – Bob Dylan

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2. “Realize deeply that the present moment is all you ever have. Make the NOW the primary focus of your life.” – Eckhart Tolle

3. “If you are depressed you are living in the past. If you are anxious you are living in the future. If you are at peace you are living in the present.” – Lao Tzu

4. “Be Yourself. Life is precious as it is. All the elements for your happiness are already here. There is no need to run, strive, search, or struggle. Just Be.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

5. “Put your heart, mind, intellect, and soul even into your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.” – Swami Sivananda

6. “The clock is running. Make the most of today. Time waits for no man. Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why it is called the present.” – Alice Morse Earle

7. “The future is completely open, and we are writing it moment to moment.” – Pema Chodron

8. “Be here now. Be someplace else later.” – David Bader

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9. “You have power over your mind, not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.” – Marcus Aurelius

10. “Awareness is like the sun. When it shines on things, they are transformed.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

11. “Be happy in the moment, that’s enough. Each moment is all we need, not more.” – Mother Teresa todayiwillliveinthemoment.jpg

12. “We spend precious hours fearing the inevitable. It would be wise to use that time adoring our families, cherishing our friends and living our lives.” – Maya Angelou

13. “Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.” – Eckhart Tolle 

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14. “Keep your head clear. It doesn’t matter how bright the path is if your head is always cloudy.” – Unknown 

 

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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.

 

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