Living in the Moment

Effective multitasking is a myth. Research shows the brain only handles one thing at a time. Trying to do several tasks at once can cause us to make lots of mistakes.

Lack of mindfulness has another downfall. When we’re not living in the moment, which is about 46% of the time, we imagine – or fear – what might happen in the future or rehash the past. People stay stuck, regretting the past and fearing what’s to come, until they hit a crisis point like death, illness, job loss or divorce.

Cultivating the healing practice of living in the moment lets us better handle big things as they happen. Set aside 5 minutes a day to mindfully “be IN your body.” Breathe deeply, feeling the sensation of your lungs expanding. Exhale through your mouth, hearing the air leaving your body. Dissolve away any thoughts that might pop up. Technically you’re not “meditating” – you are, as Zen Buddhism teaches, just “sitting.”

Shift your full attention to eating. Feel your fingers close around the apple, and how your arm lifts your hand to your mouth. Experience biting into the apple, hearing your teeth crunch through the skin, feeling the juices escape onto your tongue, slowly chewing, then swallowing.

Walking outside, be fully conscious of every sound, each color, all the noises, the subtle or pungent aromas. Be aware of how your body navigates each step; your arms move, and your breathing changes. While you’re practicing being fully present, surrender yourself to the moment. When we shift to being present and stop worrying, we become much more efficient, and the work we do is of higher quality.

When your body, mind and spirit are aligned, you can achieve good health. If you are looking for a holistic healing program, in San Diego or Austin, visit Optimum Health Institute . We can help you achieve your mental, physical, emotional and spiritual goals for optimal health. To make your reservation, call us at (800) 588-0809 to learn more.