10 Ways To Be More Present
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“If you abandonÂ theÂ present moment,Â you cannot liveÂ theÂ momentsÂ ofÂ your daily life deeply”
Thich Nhat Hanh, Buddhist peace activist
Its easy to fall into the trap of mulling over the past, or obsessing about the future but in doing so you can lose sight of the opportunities of today.Â Weve sourced some effective, simple ideas and Positive Luxury-approved treats designed to help draw yourself back into the present.
Preparing something healthy and nourishing for yourself is a great exercise in being present it requires focus, care and the end result is something that can only be enjoyed in the moment. Make your mealtimes more special by serving up your handiwork with these beautifulÂ bowlsÂ andÂ serving spoonsÂ from Latimer Living.
Spending time noticing how your body feels is an instant route to awareness of the present moment. Next time you go to bed, do a body scan starting with your toes, move upwards and try slowly paying attention to every little sensation in your body. It can help lull you into a better, deeper sleep too.
TIME FOR TEA
Theres a reason tea-making and tea ceremonies are ancient rituals. The time it takes to prepare, brew and drink a cup is a simple way to focus on a single task for a few minutes.
Skip the treadmill and take a run, or even a gentle walk, out in the fresh air. Getting outdoors can work wonders for returning you to the present moment.
Candles have been used as meditation aids for thousands of years. Their flickering light and scent are both relaxing and ideal to focus on try lightingÂ this Rachel Bates The Key candleÂ while youre working for a reminder to stay anchored in the present day.
Our thoughts can quickly become circular and repetitive. Pull yourself out of your internal dialogues and gain a fresh perspective by talking with someone new.
STRETCH IT OUT
Worrying and over-thinking can create can create stress, which often shows up in tight, tense muscles a massage is both soothing in the moment and can lead to longer-term relaxation. We loveÂ Lolas ApothecarysÂ Delicate Romance Balancing Body & Massage Oil.Â
A key part of being present is shifting your attention onto what is happening right here, right now. Choosing a single thing to focus on visually can help cut out internal noise and accessories brandÂ YiyÂ has createdÂ beautiful polished jasper stonesÂ designed to do just that.
Instead of distracting yourself with TV reruns, take 15 minutes out of your weeknight evening to apply a face mask and savour taking the time to nurture yourself. ThisÂ Alexandra Soveral maskÂ includes volcano ash for a thorough cleanse.
Like what you see?Â Subscribe to our newsletterÂ for the latest in positive living. If you enjoyed our tips on being more present, readÂ Ageless Beauty: In Conversation with Karen Cummings-PalmerÂ andÂ Ikigai: Exploring the Japanese Secret To A Long and Happy LifeÂ
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