Being Present

January 2, 2018

Being Present

In your daily life, do you find your mind wandering? Are you often so caught up in checking your phone that you’re not engaged with the people around you? It can be difficult to be in the moment when you have a full schedule or other things on your mind. However, there are many benefits to being present. Practicing mindfulness can be fulfilling in its own right, and it can also help you to focus on your larger goals.

If you’re not experiencing each moment of your day, are you truly spending your time wisely? As Tony Robbins has said, “If you’re in your head, you’re dead.” That is, if you’re not enjoying what’s happening around you, and are instead wrapped up in your to-do lists and worries, then you’re not really living at all. Begin practicing being present in time for the holidays, so you can make the most of spending time with your loved ones now and for future celebrations, too

Think of why you want to be more present in your life

Everyone has something they wish they were better at or an area of their life they would like to be different. What is the thing in your life that you’d like to change? Maybe the things in your life you’re hoping for would come to fruition if you allowed yourself to be more present. Do you have a limited amount of time to spend with loved ones, but find yourself checking emails during this time? Are you missing deadlines at work because you can’t focus during meetings? If you know you’re ready for a change and would like to start living an extraordinary life, then what are you waiting for? The first step in practicing being present is to identifying why or what you want to work on. This will serve as a motivating factor in changing your level of awareness and becoming more mindful.

Understand the benefits of mindfulness

Know that if you commit to being present in the moment that you will be able to direct more energy and focus into the task at hand. What’s more, you’ll enjoy the activity you’re currently undertaking much more if you’re able to be present — even if it’s watching your children open gifts on Christmas day or lighting menorah candles with your partner. By being an active participant in your life, instead of a bystander, you’ll feel a greater sense of purpose in your actions and connectedness to those around you. When you think about it, you realize that finding more joy in your everyday life is a reason in and of itself to start practicing being present.

Learn how to practice being present

There are a variety of ways to practice being present. Journaling and writing down things you are grateful for can help tether you to specific moments in time. Try to notice when your mind begins to wander, and ask yourself why you’re having trouble staying focused. Being in the present moment is a practice, and it can be difficult. If you find that you’re struggling to staying on task at work, or can’t give your family your undivided attention and are seeking a challenge that, when accomplished, will allow you to start living in the moment, perhaps it’s time to consider the Tony Robbins firewalk.

The firewalk has helped countless people to overcome the fears and insecurities that weigh them down, and embrace being present instead. You’ll come together with a group of like- minded people and support one another as you walk across a hot bed of coals. This task sounds scary at first, but if you’re able to focus your undivided attention on being present in the moment, you’ll emerge on the other side of the coals unharmed. The firewalk eliminates the distractions from everyday life and enables you to live in the now, and take this mindset with you long after you’ve completed the challenge.

Being present in the moment is essential to appreciating your daily life. Don’t let time slip by you unnoticed, especially around the holidays. As Tony says, “Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity and responsibility to give something back by becoming more.” Become more by being present, and seize the ultimate gift this holiday season — the gift of life!

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