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The How-To Lounge: Living in the Present Moment

In this rapid-fire, digital age, living in the present and enjoying the moment can seem about as possible as avoiding a computer monitor for one day. With the speed at which we communicate and interact, learning to take each moment as it comes is more important than ever. Where’s the satisfaction in anything if you can’t even take a minute to enjoy it? Keeping your mind in the here and now is no easy feat, so to see my tips


  • Every time you feel yourself rushing through a moment or dreading the future, take a deep breath and pull yourself back to the present. The more you practice this, the more it will start to happen on its own. This is one habit that’s going to take a conscious effort to achieve, but just be patient with yourself.
  • Once you’ve made that push to the present, staying there is going to require an entirely different approach. Turn your attention to your physical senses. Take the time to notice how you feel, the energy around you, and what others are doing. It’s a tad meditative, but learning when to just be an observer is a great quality to possess.
  • With your head in the right place, it’s time to take some real action. Many of the things we tend to put off for another day can be done right now. Pick something that you’ve been wanting or needing to do, and just do it without the fuss and expectations that come from planning ahead.
  • Whether you’re dreading a future event or wishing that your present situation was a thing of the past, it’s important to find the good in the bad. Learning to see the positives and humor in your current or upcoming deplorable task will keep your mind from skipping ahead.
  • You may be surprised how taking your time to complete something will bring a sense of contentment to a mundane daily activity, like drinking your morning coffee. Even if it’s only an extra minute, actually allowing yourself to enjoy something will make lingering in the present moment a pleasure.
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