When it comes to being more present, there are a lot of really great benefits. One of my favorite things about being more present is that I don’t miss out on the beautiful joys of day-to-day life. So how can we become more present with our daily lives? It can be really complicated, especially in today’s world of rush hour, Facebook, cat videos, Dancing With the Stars, rushing through dinner, going to bed, and getting up to do it all over again. Here are a few tips that will help you to stay more present in your life:
1. Have More Purposeful Intention with Each Activity. Before you do anything–check your e-mail, make dinner, drive to work–think about what your intentions are for that particular activity. Think about what you hope to gain out of that activity. Try to think of it as not just a means to an end, but try to really pay attention to the act of getting to where you want to be. If you set an intention, it will help you to be more mindful and present with each activity.
2. Create a Daily Practice. Even if you start each day with two minutes of meditation, writing in your journal, or going for a short walk around your neighborhood, it will help you to start each day with an intention of being more mindful. The key is to make this a daily practice that you remember to do each day. So you want to start small enough that it will be something you will be able to do each day.
3. Use Mindfulness Bells or Chimes. Have a chime sound on your phone or your computer that goes off every hour or so and reminds you to be more present. It can also be helpful if you take other things and use them as mindfulness bells. For example, every time you get a new e-mail, you can remember to be more present.
4. Have a Mindfulness Partner. You will be more likely to be present and mindful if there is someone you can talk to about mindfulness or presence, whether it’s a co-worker, a friend, or a significant other. You can send each other messages throughout the day that remind you to be present.
There are many ways to incorporate more mindfulness or presence throughout your day. The key is to start using as many of these as possible each day so that you can become more present in your own life.