tuesday intention: live presently
If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, living in the future. If you are at peace you are living in the moment.
You hear it everywhere: live in the present and stay in the moment. It's one of the most challenging exercises we can tackle as humans. How many times do you find yourself stressing over a decision you just made and worrying whether or not it was the right one? Or, maybe you're anticipating a disaster happening at work or home that you can't help but feel anxious and unsettled.
It's easy to remind ourselves to be fully present all the time. Is it realistic? For most people, probably not.
I like to think that this intention is one we are all always working toward without an intentional end in sight. What I mean is that most of us will never be able to practically stay present 24/7 hours a day 365 days a year. Our lives are too complicated, too busy, too preciously intricate and the experiences and memories we have only make our lives more RICH.
The photograph I snapped above in the Rocky Mountains on my recent trip to Colorado is a great example for this intention. To practice this, it all comes down to our senses. Our sight gives us this awesome ability to showcase vibrant colors and vast landscapes. Our smell allows us to take in the wonderful scents of the forest and grass. Our sense of touch energizes us with cool water, warm sun, and a brisk wind. When we stop and notice these senses and all of their great abilities, we are choosing to live in the present moment.
The next time you feel anxious about the past or nervous about the future, stop and focus your senses on something within your grasp. Maybe it's the cup of coffee you're sipping on or maybe it's a glance out of your office window to appreciate a beautiful building. When you start to incorporate these moments in your life, you will start to forget about those aspects of your life that you cannot control and in time, learn to live presently.