Are you in a rut that you can’t get out? Do you find yourself overwhelmed with a heaviness that lingers around you? Much of the time we get so caught up in the mundane, obligations, and responsibilities around us that we begin to lose sight of the big picture. We get stuck in the motions of our day to day life, slowly being overcome with feeling depleted, depressed, angry, sad, and a mix of other emotions and self critical thoughts and judgements.
In a desperate need to feel better, we distract ourselves with things such as social media, television, video games, etc. We can find ourselves constantly thinking of the past; looking back on when life was good; when we had something better, staying stuck in that loss. Or we focus all our thoughts towards the future believing that one day when we have “that” then everything will fall into place and we will live happily ever after. (This can show up in dreaming about a new relationship, a new home, living your purpose, a promotion, when the money is stable, the kids are gone, you don't have a particular family responsibility anymore, or your health is better - pretty much anything that you think will fix you and your current circumstance.)
The truth is, we create from the Present Moment. Staying stuck in the past, jumping to the future or numbing the pain leaves us always wishing for and wanting more .Yet never feeling satisfied or fulfilled.
Living in the present is the only way you can truly be happy. When we focus on what is right in front of us, that moment, that person, that situation, that place or thing suddenly becomes sacred. Accepting it, exactly as it is, without judgement, without making it right or wrong, it becomes perfect and beautiful in all its own glory.
When you live in the present, you can experience the sacredness in absolutely everything. It expands your vibrational field, it puts things into perspective and it fills you with gratitude and a sense of being connected to everything.
Yet our minds are too busy to acknowledge and see the unique and extraordinary. Think about your experience of your day to day life. How present are you during your daily activities? Take for example simple things like washing the dishes, driving or having a conversation with someone. What thoughts roll through your mind? What emotions get stirred up? Where do you find yourself wishing you were?
One key factor in becoming present is realizing that each and every moment is sacred. Every one. Think about this for a moment, you will never experience the same thing twice. Ever. Each and every moment is different; never to be experienced the same way by you or anyone else.
Imagine being out in nature three days in a row at the same time. Say you even are standing in the same spot in a park. One day may be cloudy, while another you notice how the light reflects off the playground equipment. The people that pass you by on each day are going to be different then the day before. How they interact or don't interact with you will be unique depending on what is going on through their minds and emotions. The trees branches and leaves move in new directions based on the wind. Little animals and insects may catch your attention one day, but not be there another day. What you observe will be unique every single day - even though you're in the same spot at the same time.
A simple exercise to shift your vibration and become present is to focus on your breath. Imagine your mind dropping into your heart and breath in and out of your heart space. When you find yourself distracted, bring your attention back to your heart and interact with the world from here with child like wonder and curiosity.