Living in the moment is a truly challenging proposition. It’s something I always strive to do, but I don’t know if I will ever fully get there. We are so ruled by our thoughts and emotions that it takes constant effort to try and turn that part of our brain off while 100% focusing on the activity at hand.
I can be extremely focused on the moment, but then my mind starts to wander, and I start thinking about the people I have to call back, what time I need to pick up my kids at school… it’s a slippery slope. But like any goal, if it’s something you want enough, you can achieve it.
A trick I picked up is wearing a hairband around your wrist; when your mind drifts, and you become caught up in something else, snap it as a reminder to return to the moment at hand. Meditation helps too – it’s actually one of my New Year’s resolutions this year. Living in the moment is a great thing to strive for, but don’t beat yourself up too much about it. Just trying to be more present in the everyday is a great step in the right direction.