It’s hard to be in the moment when life is busy. There are hundreds of articles on mindfulness. Of course I meditate (but not as often as I should) and attend my weekly yoga classes, but sometimes I find my mind is so busy that I’m not really present.
Here are 5 things that can help anchor you in the moment.
#1: Looking for cats
On my morning walk I set myself the task of looking for a particular thing. It might be a blue doors, the number 27 or red triangles. This morning I selected cats. I find that if I focus on one finding one particular thing, I’m really present on my walk.
This is to do with the reticular activating system in the brain. When you tune into a particular frequency, you only notice what you’re focusing on. It’s that whole thing of buying a red car and all of a sudden everyone is driving red cars.
#2: Taking pictures
Apart from the fact that I really love shoes, I take my #shoesoftheday on Instagram because it anchors me in the moment. I see something that might look cool with my shoes and I snap a picture. I spend the next few minutes coming up with a quirky tagline. My pictures are not staged. It’s just things I come across in the moment.
#3: Playing on the swings
Be a kid again and jump on the swings in the park. If you have a child, you can take them to the park or simply hang out with kids. They make their own fun and are perpetually in the moment.
#4: Being near water
Go for a walk by the water or simply look at the morning clouds reflected in the water. I find that being near water really grounds me.
Bet you didn’t see that one coming. It’s great to have someone to kiss. But if you don’t, you can always kiss a frog (you never know) or your crafty new boyfriend.
I came across this brilliant quote the other day. It comes from Matt Haig’s Reasons to Stay Alive.
If all else fails, release time and take a deep breath. You are here. You are now. You are perfect.
I’d love to hear some of the ways that you anchor yourself in the moment.