Life can be full of times and moments that bring us pure joy, but there are also times that break us down and push us past our limits. We may love our family, friends, jobs, and lives that we have, but even so, we all reach moments where we wish time would go by faster so we can get to future moments that we are excited about.
But, it is within this mentality where the problem lies. None of us knows how long we have here on Earth. We could have plenty of time to do and see all we want, but there is the chance that we may not have that time. Instead of rushing away our lives, we need to stop and appreciate the present moment.
“As you walk and eat and travel, be where you are. Otherwise you will miss most of your life.” Buddha
After the other day’s post about living in the moment, I realized that many other people have the same problem that I do. When there’s so much to look forward to, it’s difficult to stay present, but it’s also important for our well-being.
In my quest to stay present in my life, I have been thinking a lot about what makes me happy. These activities may be small, but they keep me in the present moment, and help me keep my sanity. Below are my ways to live in the present moment, some may work better for you than others, but it’s worth giving them a chance. There’s no moment like the present.
Spend time with family and friends.
Cook your favorite meal, or try out a new one
Listen to your favorite songs
Drive with the windows down and sunroof open.
Go see a movie.
Stop and watch the sun rise or set.
Get outside! Go for a walk, take a hike, breathe in fresh air.
Treat yourself to a massage or facial.
Snuggle up with a pet or your favorite person.
Stop. Sit. Close your eyes. Breathe in and out.
Buy yourself flowers.
Become a tourist in your own city.
Take a yoga class.
Call or Skype with a friend who lives far away.
Take a bubble bath.
Curl up with your favorite book.
Take yourself out to dinner.
These may seem like small moments, but often those are what it takes to center us back in the present moment. These are little ways to remind us that life is beautiful, and each day is a gift, one we should cherish and enjoy.