Try This to Stay in the Present Moment

August 3, 2016

I love how my 13 year old daughter has embraced the classic rock music I listened to at her age and still do today. One of our favorite songs is “Feels Like the First Time” by Foreigner. As I was humming this tune the other day, I was reminded of a great piece of advice I read about remaining focused on the present moment.

There are so many benefits to staying focused on the present. When you live in the moment, there is no room for guilt or regret from the past, or fear and worry of the future. You are also operating at your highest possible vibration. Of course when your vibration is high, you are thankful and joyful for the great things in life, and you open yourself up to receive them.

So let’s go back to the song in our intro. One of the best tips I’ve heard in a while about remaining focused on the present is to do things as if you are doing it for the first time, even things you do every day. When you sit down for a meal, savor and enjoy it as if it’s your first time doing so. Use all five senses to see the appetizing creation that is nourishing your body. Hear yourself chew it. Smell the wonderful aroma. Feel as it as goes into your mouth and stomach. And savor the delicious taste. When you take a shower, see and be thankful for the hot water that pours down. Feel it as it cleans your body. Smell the beautiful fragrance of the soap that is also cleansing your body. Hear the water pouring out. Again, experience it with the awe and wonder you would if it was the first time you were doing it.

This may seem simplistic, but it does wonders in helping you enjoy activities in the present moment. I recommend you try it. All things you do today, focus on it as if it’s the first time you are ever doing it. Then, as you focus on the present moment, be thankful for all that you are and all that you have at that moment, and for the opportunities you have to do all the things God has enabled you to do. You will enjoy life so much more than hopefully you already are. Enjoy the blessings 🙂


Bedtime Lessons From Kids

December 6, 2013

Why is it that kids never want to go to bed? It doesn’t matter that it’s their normal time, or that they are incredibly tired. On many occasions bedtime and getting kids settled down is a difficult time.

Before I reveal my answer, I will say that this doesn’t always go away once we leave childhood. I often stay up later than I should because I simply don’t want to go to bed, even though the stresses of the job and other parts of life have me completely worn out.

So what’s the big deal? Why is it so difficult for kids and some adults to get their already tired bodies to bed? It is simply that they are are fully engaged in the present moment. Think about it. Kids are so engrossed in a fun project, game, or tv show. They are enjoying the moment to the fullest and putting their entire heart and soul into it. Going to bed takes them away from that. It’s the same for me. I often delay going to bed, no matter how tired I am, because I am completely focused on something that I have probably found the scarce time to do. It could be anything from watching or playing a game, working towards my goal, reading, listening to music or a serrmon, or whatever. No matter what it is, I am completely focused and engaged on the present moment, enjoying it to the max.

It has been recommended to me, and I pass this to you, to take this bedtime philosophy and use it throughout your day. Focus and enjoy the present moment completely. Act like it’s minutes before bedtime, and you will delay moving on as long as possible until you have completely lived that moment.

I find that this type of present moment living creates more joy in life, and takes away guilt about the past and fear for the future. You are also more productive because you are completely focused and all of your heart and soul is on the task at hand. There is no room for procrastination, worry about failure, or making excuses.

My bedtime is not for another 12 hours, but I’m moving on to my next project that I will be fully fcoused on as if I had to go to bed in 12 minutes. I recommend living your life in the present moment as much as you can. You will be blessed beyond expectation. Enjoy : )