We are bombarded with thoughts, people and events that take us away from what we are doing now. If something isn’t pulling us away, we do it to ourselves. Not many people truly live in the moment. We are wired to focus on what’s next, what’s over there and avoiding what we have now.
Meditation is the simplest way to stay in the moment. Simple? Yes. Easy? Not so much. Like everything else in life it can be as difficult as we make it.
Many people say they can’t meditate. It takes practice attempting to settle your thoughts. It’s worth trying. Successful people swear by meditation. Russell Simmons, hip-hop mogul, says, “You don’t have to believe in meditation for it to work,” “You just have to take the time to do it. The old truth is still true today, ‘God helps those who help themselves.’ My advice? Meditate.”
Start with 5 minutes everyday. Use the timer on your cell phone, an egg timer or a meditation app. Something that will let you know when your 5 minutes are up. Add a minute each week. Sit straight and comfortable. Close your eyes. Focus on your breath. Thoughts will come, let them go and focus on your breath. You may do this many many times in your 5 minutes. That’s fine and expected. Meditate at the same time daily to develop a habit. Before you jump up, take a moment to experience the stillness.
The more you practice, the easier it gets. Meditation will increase your awareness of everyday thoughts that lead us somewhere we don’t want to go. Meditation gives us the ability to increase focus, improve attention and develop the skills to stay in the moment. When you live in the moment, you accomplish more, stress less and realize things are usually pretty good right here, right now.