Projecting in future and thinking about the past can make you feel miserable. Staying in present moment can not only help with reducing suffering, but also give you these three advantages:
· Clarity. When you are in the moment you have a much better focus and things flow naturally out of you. This is very useful in conversations, at work, while writing or when doing recreational activities, like playing tennis.
· Calmness. You feel centered, relaxed, and whatever you do more easily. Since you are not projecting into a possible future or reflecting on previous experiences there is very little fear holding you back.
· Positivity. Since there is little fear, there are few negative emotions when you are in the present. Instead you move around on positive part of the emotional scale.
6 Ways to Return to Present Moment:
1. Focus on what’s right in front of you.
Or around you. Or on you. Use your senses. Just look at what’s right in front of you right now. Listen to the sounds around you. Feel the fabric of your clothes and focus on how they feel. Notice the weather, listen to the birds, cloudy or sunshine.
2. Focus on your breathing.
Take a couple of dozen belly breaths and just focus your mind on your inhaling and exhaling. This will align you with the present moment once again.
3. Focus on your inner body – your energy.
As an example, focus on your hand. Feel energy going through your hand.
4. Pick up the vibe from present people.
If you know someone that is more present than most people then you can pick his/her vibe of presence. You can sit quietly with someone, or walk with someone, or talk with someone.
5. Surrender to the emotion that is already there.
Its easy to get stuck in a loop of old memories. You may want to move away from them but there is a feeling there that brings them back over and over. So you need to decrease the power that feeling has over you. And you don’t do it by fighting it. You do it by surrendering to it.
The feeling is a loop within your mind that you are feeding with more energy by resisting. When you accept the feeling then you stop feeding it and it vanishes. Say yes to the feeling.
Surrender and let it in. Observe the feeling in your mind and body without labeling or judging it.
6. See things as for the first time.
This one pretty similar to the first way. But it can be useful when you have a hard time just observing your surroundings. Look at things with fresh eyes, pay attention and really look, hear. Be open.
From Positivity Blog