Happy Monday everyone! I feel like I have a lot of stuff going on right now. I worked a lot of hours last week, hosted an out of town guest, and tried to keep up with blogging things. With everything that’s going on, I’ve been distracted and haven’t been my usual self, which, of course isn’t a good thing. I need to get my head back on my shoulders. I found this quote yesterday about living in the now that really spoke to me:
Living in the now. Mindfulness. Being present. This is a sentiment that we often talk about in yoga and one of my favorite topics to talk about during the classes that I teach. I’m really convinced that really focusing on the present moment and letting the past and the future go can have a huge effect on your happiness. If you focus on the things that you have control over in each moment, you’ll feel like you have more control over your life. If you focus on your breath and the sensations you feel in your body, you can let go of negative emotions and thoughts more easily.
It’s funny how mindfulness can be pretty easy to practice in mildly stressful situations, like being stuck in traffic. But, when it comes to events that can affect your daily routine, like a shift at work or a family issue, it suddenly becomes much harder to stay in the present moment. It’s especially hard if you’re feeling some strong emotions–it can be really hard to dissociate from those emotions so you can see the situation for what it really is.
So, I’m trying to hit that mental pause button when I feel myself being mentally distracted and when I feel like I’m wallowing in my thoughts a little bit too much. I’m really trying to bring my yoga and mindfulness into those tough moments in my life so I can stop dwelling on things that I can’t control in order to feel more in control of my life. Taking in some deep breaths, I try to think of small steps I can take to make my present situation better, instead of focusing on the sometimes overwhelming big picture.
It’s a journey, but it gets easier every day.
How do you cope with big changes in your life?
Do you have any tricks for living in the now?
What’s motivating you this week?