The crisp morning air.
Seagulls in the distance.
Closing my eyes and relishing everything moment.
Breathing in the fresh air.
Imprinting every moment into my memory.
Being at the beach is the perfect place for me to relax and rejuvenate.
Before I left this week to take my girls to the beach for their spring break, I released SoulFessions Podcast- Being Present.
In that podcast, I talk about ways to be present.
In order to be present, it’s important to eliminate the distractions.
One of my biggest distractions is technology. I am so used to looking at my phone every single time a notification comes in. Who’s liking my Instagram post? Did someone comment? Is my Pinterest pin a hit? Did I get more followers? Who’s emailing me? Did I book a client?
That feeling you get when you know you posted something and it resonated with someone else.
Can you relate?
It is such a great feeling to know you are making a difference or someone is interested in your services BUT here’s the most important thing to remember about that.
YOU CAN GO TO ANY OF YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS AT ANY TIME TO SEE THAT. THE PEOPLE COMMENTING, LIKING AND INQUIRING DO NOT NEED AN IMMEDIATE RESPONSE.
We need to retrain ourselves to be present and stay focused.
3 WAYS TO BE MORE PRESENT
1.Remove cell phone related distractions.
Get rid of the notifications on your cell phone.
If you aren’t sure how to do this, do a quick search to find the answer. This is so important. If you do not have a notification popping up every time something happens out in cyberland, you will begin the process of looking at your phone less.
If you need to have your phone nearby, put it on silent or vibrate.
Sometimes is essential to keep your phone with you. I get it. Unless you are waiting for a really important phone call, keeping it on silent or vibrate with be less distracting.
2. Remove any other potential distractions.
For me, technology is my biggest distraction. I’ve been so proud of myself multitasking abilities that I’ve gotten into the habit of doing multiple things at one time instead of just focusing on one.
I have a confession.
I’m learning that as I focus on one thing at a time, I have a tendency to get more things accomplished throughout the door.
The more I try to multi-task, the more overwhelmed and distracted I become and than things do not get accomplished.
3. If you are focusing on something and your mind wanders, train your mind to release the thought, honor it and let it go.
If being present is something that has not been mastered and you want to get better at it, this really helps. As soon as your mind starts to wonder if it’s something that you need to remember for later, write it down. If it’s just a random thought, recognize the thought, release the thought, honor it and let it go. If you are someone who meditates, you may already be doing this. Part of meditating is releasing the thought, and regaining focus on the meditation.
Speaking of meditation, I just released an instrumental and guided meditation for Opening Your Heart to Receive.
This week at the beach I am focusing on being more present with my children. That has been difficult for me and I talk about why in my Being Present podcast. They are sleeping right now!
Yesterday we played in the sand, swam in the pool, and had a great time at the local crystal shop. Today is Day 2 at the beach. I have been checking in with myself to recognize the times I’m not being as present. It’s allowing me to be more mindful so I can do better the next day. I know each day will get easier to stay present.
Take the time to be in the moment and be grateful for the moment you are in.
As I become more present, I am able to enjoy what is going on in that moment. Always worrying about the past or the present just means you are missing the NOW. There are so many lessons, moments and memories in the NOW. Stay present and be grateful for every moment. Life is too precious. Enjoy those little moments.
As my girls continue to sleep, I’m going to continue to sit here and breathe in this ocean air, listen to the ocean waves and smile as the sun hits my face.
What are you doing and what do you do to be present and stay present in the moment?