Living in the moment is something you hear all the time. You’ve probably heard synonyms for living in the moment like “focus on the present” and “live in the now”.
These phrases come across inspiring, but it can be hard to know what they really mean. How does one really live in the moment?
When it seems like life is moving faster than we can blink, what gets us to stop, and really appreciate the life we’re living? My hope is these 5 suggestions will help you with living in the moment more.
5 Great Ways to Start Living in the Moment
1. Notice the ordinary things you ignore every single day
These days with people staring at screens most of the day, it’s hard for anything to catch our attention anymore. You’re focused on the next news item, Instagram photo, or whatever other internet update our brains have been trained to hunger for.
You can be more present today by just stopping and noticing the ordinary things. Notice the color of the paint on the walls.
Do you remember what color the walls were in the last room you were in? (Don’t worry, I had to think about the color too.) Taking time to notice these ordinary things more is one way to get out of your head.
The less time you’re in your head, the more you’ll actually be living in the moment. Consistently focus on every little ordinary thing that wouldn’t be worth texting someone about.
2. Do activities that leave you little time to think
Another thing technology does is it makes us pretty inactive. We’re stuck sitting or lying down most of the time.
This makes it easier for us to focus on the past and the future, and harder to focus on the present. Doing an activity that leaves you little time to think kind of forces you to be in the present.
Think about children that race each other. They don’t have time to not be in the present.
They have to focus and win! In the process, they’re just having fun living life in the moment.
Find an activity that forces you to focus on what you’re doing in the moment. It can be something as simple as playing a game of Tennis or one on one Basketball.
Find a sport or hobby that makes you have to physically move around and make something happen. Force your brain to have to focus on what you’re doing in the moment with an engaging activity.
3. Practice active listening
It’s something we all do when we’re listening to someone sometimes. We hear what they’re saying, but then we get lost into our own thoughts.
You can be living in the present by actively listening to the people you’re talking with. How do you actively listen?
Make it a habit to occasionally speak back the things you hear in conversation with someone. You’ll not only see how well you actually listen to people and get better at it; you’ll also be making your mind focus on the present.
You can spend less time focusing on how you’re looking or whatever you’re feeling self-conscious about. It’ll also help you connect with people more because people like knowing that someone is really listening to them.
Actively listening should definitely be one of the ways you practice living in the moment.
4. Put some focus on your breathing
We’re constantly on the go doing something in our lives. Thinking about the next task or looking at the next new thing that’s happened.
What if you just stopped and did nothing for a moment? What if the only thing you focused on was your breathing?
That’s basically what meditation is. It’s allowing yourself to stop thinking about everything and just think about that one thing, which is your breath going in and out.
When you’re just focusing on that, you really are just living in the moment. You’re living in the moment by moment rhythm of your breath going in and out.
It’s an amazing thing how our body just breathes in and out without us giving it a second thought. In a way, meditating can be an act of appreciation to your body for continuing to breathe and keep you alive to experience the wonderful life you have.
5. Take time for laughter
Laughter has a way of taking us completely out of whatever thoughts we’re in. Think about it.
When something makes you laugh, is it possible for you to be focused on anything else but the moment of laughter you’re in? Probably not.
Take time for laughter by spending time with those closest to you that know how to get you to laugh. Watch something that you know you’ll find funny.
This is a great way to take yourself out of focusing on your past and your future and just enjoy the moment.
FAQ on living in the moment
What is living in the moment?
Living in the moment is simply just being focused on whatever is happening in the present. Each of the tips I listed in this article is a way you can focus on that.
It can be as easy as just paying attention to your breath going in and out. You can help yourself let go of all of your regrets and worries by just focusing more on everything that’s happening right now.
How do you really live in the moment?
You really live in the moment by enjoying and appreciating the life around you. Having a good time talking with those you’re close with.
Taking a moment to be thankful for the food you get to enjoy. Soaking in all the amazing sights and sounds of the world around you.
That’s how you really live in the moment.
Why is living in the moment important?
Living in the moment is important because it helps us to not only enjoy our lives but also be healthier too. There are many benefits of living in the present moment.
Though I’m sure you didn’t need a study to know that. All of the examples of living in the moment can in some way be helpful to you living a healthier life.
You might wish you could learn how to be in the present moment always, but it’s okay if you sometimes think of the past or the future. The most important thing is not to dwell in it.
I want to leave you with these quotes to inspire you to be more present and enjoy your life more.
Living in the moment video
Living in the moment quotes
“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Happiness, not in another place but this place…not for another hour, but this hour.”
― Walt Whitman
“Be present in all things and thankful for all things.”
― Maya Angelou