Living In The Present

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In the living present, the past an the future are not separate from the present. It is in the present that we are continuously constructing the future on the basis of the enabling constraints developed over time as our past (see path dependence). In other words, because humans have a unique capacity to call forth in themselves the attitudes of others they can know what they are doing. Knowing what one is doing immediately incorporates anticipation and expectation into the action of the present and it also immediately incorporates reconstruction of actions past, or memory, all as the basis of acting in the present.

Here are few ways in which you can start living in the present :

  • Be Here Now – Accept the uncertainty of the future and the mistakes of the past and live in the moment. Concentrate on one job or thing at a time. Change focus. Be mindful. Challenge negative thoughts. My negative thoughts and moods are probably just passing distractions and probably unrealistic. Observe my thoughts and emotions, see them as separate from myself. I am not my thoughts. Notice mind-wandering. Know myself. Worry less about what others think. Get out and exercise. Get into nature. Get enough healthy food and sleep. Use music. Take notice. Be aware. See. Hear. Feel. Observe. Slow Down. Relax. Concentrate on calm breaths. Have patience. Limit social media, news and device use. Limit screen time. Read. Learn. Be creative. Overthink less. Don’t take things too seriously. Things could be worse. Trust the process of life. Trust the future. Be optimistic. I can handle anything. Go with the flow.
  • Empathy & Compassion – Friendliness and kindness for others. Be kind to myself. Accept others. Love nature. We’re all interconnected, interrelated, interdependent and made of the same stuff. We’re much more the same than different. Focus on our similarities rather than our differences. Live natural. Live easy. Don’t work too hard. Do work you enjoy. Manage fear. Manage anger. Don’t hate. Rise above it. Judge less. Be honest. Help improve conditions for others and myself. Use imagination well. Be tolerant and open minded. Smile. Laugh. Use Humour. Have Fun. Forgive. Persevere. Love. Connect with others. Talk to others about your problems and listen to others about their problems.
  • Desire Less – Less attachment to property, work, money, alcohol, sex, hopes, ambitions, success, plans, opinions, beliefs, time, places, emotions, thoughts, my self and my ego. Don’t compare myself to others. Manage my desires. Be questioning. Obsess less. Resist Consumerism. Live simply. Give more. Expect less. Be humble. Get perspective, look at the big picture. Everything changes. Accept impermanence. This too shall pass. Let go of my “what if’s”, “should”, ideals, wants, expectations, rumination and what I fear to lose. Let go of the small stuff, focus on what matters. Build resilience, adaptability and flexibility. Build confidence. Live by values that matter. Think independently. Accept imperfection. Change what I can and accept what I can’t. If I can’t change the way I think about. Be grateful and satisfied with what I have.

Reference : Glenn Herbert 2018.

22 Comments Add yours

  1. SGR says:

    Very nicely articulated Garima!

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    1. Garima says:

      Glad you liked it.
      Living in the present moment means no longer worrying about what happened in the past and not fearing what will happen in the future. It means enjoying what’s happening now and living for today. Choosing to live in the past or the future not only robs you of enjoyment today, but it also robs you of truly living.

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      1. SGR says:

        you echo my thoughts.. makes life so much more easier this way!

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      2. Garima says:

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  2. I couldn’t have said or written this any better…. There’s much life in your post; thanks for breathing in me new air.

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    1. Garima says:

      As with all things in the world, balance is the key to a healthy life. Being able to live in the moment is a trait not many people have and it is an important aspect to a healthy life, but is also stepping out of the moment once in a while. I am glad you liked the post.

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      1. Thanks for the inspiration and thanks for replying as well.

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      2. Garima says:

        Thank you for stopping by.

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  3. Very nice post Garima! Specially the third point… But is that possible?

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    1. Garima says:

      Try, don’t think of the outcome. Karm Kar, Phal ki Chinta mat Kar ~ Krishna.

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  4. You’ve generally summed up the key to healthy life “balance”. Good day and thanks for replying.

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    1. Garima says:

      Most welcome. I am glad you stopped by to reply again.

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    1. Garima says:

      Thank you for the reblog

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  5. “Give more, expect less….” I 1oo% agree.

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    1. Garima says:

      Yes, expectation brings unhappiness, anger etc. As such no expectation is fully met. It is because expectation is created by you and you hope to things happen as your plan. It means the whole universe should run as you wish. In contrast, we need to move with the universe. If God plans to meet everyone’s expectation, then the balance around whole universe will be simply destroyed. So, let us drop it. Let the universe run at its own pace. Let us move with own pace.

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  6. reflectionsofananxiousman says:

    Living in the present is something that I struggle with every day. Great post!

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    1. Garima says:

      Living in the present moment is so important because there is no point in worrying about the past and also being anxious about the future. The only thing you are able to take control is the moment that you have with you right now. It gives the answer for your future and justifies your learnings from your past.

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  7. Sheryl Rose says:

    I get it, nicely put.

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    1. GS says:

      πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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