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There are many reasons that people resist being present in the moment. Once you learn and practice your mindfulness meditation method you will find yourself not living in the past or the future.
This is very important for your mental chatter to slow down and stop allowing the past or future to be your constant focus. This process will allow you to stop living and being stuck in the rut of the same thoughts over and over.
They constantly dwell on thoughts of the past or the future. The reason that they do that is that they’re not completely happy with the present. It’s not where they want to be and they’re not who they want to be.
The real benefit of mindfulness is that you can find total acceptance and peace by living in the present moment, who doesn’t want that for their lives. People resist being present in the moment because of fear about what they don’t know.
Being Present In The Moment: We’re afraid of losing control
When you’re faced with changes, not knowing what those changes are and how they’ll affect your life can foster resistance. One challenge we all have in our lives today is that change has become aligned as a negative experience instead of embracing change as a path for us to open up to all the new possibilities in our life.
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When someone doesn’t fully understand what mindfulness is, that can cause them not to want to understand and learn how to be mindfully in the present moment and the value that it holds. They resist the change because they don’t know what it’s all about.
It is often that many people simply don’t understand that being present in each moment could help them in any way. It is strange that we find comfort in what we are familiar with, even if that comfort is something that makes us unhappy with our current life.
It’s easy to stay where they are instead of reaching out for a meditation method that could bring lifelong benefits and positive change in their lives.
Living with the fear of the unknown as staying only with what is comfortable in our lives, you have a structure that brings resistance to change in their lives, not just within mindfulness meditation. This time in someone’s life can also cause them to resist being present in the moment.
If they’re going through a time where things are wonderful in their present, they can be reluctant to be mindful because they don’t want to rock the boat. This can also happen when they are having a bad experience within the present moment.
They get comfortable and fear changes in their lives because if they rock the boat, things could only end up in an even worse situation.
Often people will resist being mindful in the present moment because anything that could cause them to get outside of their normal routines even if there is much to gain from the experience. Because they don’t have a good grasp of mindfulness, they can’t understand the positives associated with it.
When someone is always looking back in their lives and only remembering how good things “used to be”, it’s very difficult to live in the present because we are resisting living mindfully each day.
If they have a mindset of how good things are going to be “in the future,” then they can resist being present in the moment. They have mentally created boundaries in their lives and their emotions won’t allow them to move beyond these self-imposed boundaries.
When we base our self-esteem and self-love on where we used to be or where we may be going, they incorrectly believe that to be mindful in the present that they may lose themselves. What they need to understand is that there is so much to gain in their lives just by doing this simple process called mindful living.
Being Present In The Moment Mindful Activities You Can Use Throughout Your Day
Going through life, we do so many things automatically. When you do something over and over, it can reach the point where it becomes a mindless task. We have the ability to perform and complete a task, then you realize that while your body completed the task, your mind was engaged in something else entirely.
Mindfulness can help you learn how being present in the moment can truly change your life, to refocus your mind so that you are present and active in your experience of life and not just habitually moving through your life on autopilot. Often people think that with meditation it will be a time-consuming process where you have to hide away and sit for hours to learn mindfulness.
While you can enjoy sitting quietly, it doesn’t have to take a long time. In fact, if you don’t want to or don’t have time to just be still and practice mindfulness, then you don’t have to.
You will find many ways to be mindful during your daily activities without having to stop whatever you may be doing at that time. Once you understand this, you will find that like very busy people who have been able to easily get into the habit of performing mindful activities on a daily basis.
One simple way to practice being present in the moment is by brushing your teeth. You have brushed your teeth for so long that you don’t even need to think about that action. Instead of brushing your teeth on autopilot, take the time to focus on the steps involved in this routine.
Feel the bristles of the brush as they cross your teeth and tongue. Pay attention to the thickness of the toothpaste of the flavor of it. While you’re brushing your teeth, pay attention to the process, and don’t let your mind think about worries or negative thoughts.
An additional way to be mindful throughout your day is to simply do mindful listening. Often throughout the day, there are many sounds of life that you wouldn’t even notice these sounds because you are not listening with focus and mindfulness.
Wherever you are, you can take a few seconds to listen to the sounds. You may what seems like the first time in hearing the beautiful sound of a bird singing, or maybe the curious sound of distant thunder or just a gentle breeze on your cheek.
You can practice mindful listening to popular music or with instrumentals. Take some time to sit quietly and experience each note and instrument while you tune all other sounds except the music.
Being present in the moment can be practiced by focusing on breathing. It doesn’t take long and can be done at any time of day and in any place.
As you are focused on your breath and inhaling very mindfully and deeply, then focus on the breath that you’re exhaling. Always keeping your mind focused on the movement of your lungs and abdomen and bring in the air and then when you release the breath.
Really focus and feel the air in and out of your lungs and feel all the sensations as you perform this simple but immensely gratifying experience.
I want you to also realize that mindfulness can be practiced with almost any activity such as eating a meal, walking mindfully on a lunch break, cooking, cleaning, or even taking a bath or shower. You will soon discover how rich life really is on a daily basis.
Trusting Your Intuition By Being Mindful About Circumstances
You’ll face a variety of circumstances in your life. You know that how you view those circumstances will either help you live a better life or can create a situation that you don’t really want to happen.
When you practice mindfulness and being present in the moment, you’ll learn how to cut through the inner dialogue in your brain to find the ability to trust your intuition. When you trust your intuition, you’ll discover that you’re making better decisions about all of the areas of your life.
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You’ll want to begin by focusing on where you are in the present. Take some deep breaths and concentrate on breathing. Unfortunately, circumstances are often the deciding factor that we use to make our decisions.
We look at the circumstances and think that we can see the whole picture, but we don’t. Your circumstances never tell you the whole story. So what happens is you can make choices based on what’s not even a reality.
These circumstances can cause you to react to using your emotions. You’ll end up second-guessing yourself when you don’t practice being present in the moment. When you do practice mindfulness, you’ll be fully present, which means that you won’t be looking at the circumstances to be the deciding factor in your choices.
What mindfulness does to help you is it teaches you to not get caught up in whatever is going on around you. It shows you how to take a step back and stop, refocusing your thoughts on where they should be.
You’ll learn how to respond by using your intuition. Your intuition is something that you simply know instinctively. Many people use their intuition to determine whether the action they want to take is a right or wrong decision.
When you second guess your intuition, you’ll get knots in your stomach because you’re not one hundred percent convinced that you’re doing what’s right for your life. Mindfulness allows you to tune in to your intuition.
Using your intuition correctly and tuning into those feelings, you don’t have to spend time thinking and trying to second guess your decisions. When you spend a lot of time thinking over the choices that you make, it can cause you to become overwhelmed with choices and ideas.
This can make you begin to experience self-doubt in your abilities to make decisions. Trusting your intuition can prevent you from overthinking your decisions. When you overthink something, you can go over and over it in your mind.
It can cause you to not make any decisions because you’re so afraid you’re going to mess up. It can also cause you to become frustrated and make a choice just to get it over with.
Being present in the moment and practicing mindfulness can help you with any circumstance. Over time and with the practice of being mindful you will feel a greater sense of peacefulness in your life and a newfound trust in yourself to allow your intuition to guide you through life. It’s a great way to live.