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  • 3 Tips For Living In The Present Moment

    We all want to be more present in our lives. Technology and the hustle and bustle of every day life has a way of keeping us living in the past or focused on the future which is a shame because all the magic lives in the present. Seeing as we all could use a little more magic in our lives, here are 3 tools to get you to the present moment faster. Try using some (or all) of them this week and see what happens! 

    Gratitude. Look around you right now. What are you grateful for? Using our gratitude muscles is a great way to get into the present moment. Just don’t think it though. Really feel your gratitude. That feeling is a one way ticket to the present moment.

    Sensory. Feel the breeze on your skin. Really look at everything around you. Take the time to actually taste your food instead of scarfing it down. When we awaken our senses we can feel our way into the present moment.

    Joy. When you’re enjoying yourself you’re automatically transported into the present moment. Just think of those times you’re with friends and you’re all laughing so hard your stomachs hurt. How present are you then? Very. Seek out things that bring you joy. Do more of them. Having your joy tank full is one of the best things you can do for your life. Your happiness only begets more happiness. You don’t take from others when you’re joyful, you give. Allow your joy quota to increase this week. Keep your tank full.

    What things do you do to keep yourself in the present moment?

  • Finding Yourself Amidst the Chaos in Your Mind.

    We live in a very fast paced world. Between cell phones and the copious amounts of media we consume on a daily basis it’s no wonder that sometimes we can get overwhelmed and our anxiety can sky rocket. Here are a few tools that I’ve found help when you need to come back to center and ground a bit. (Note: meditation is always my go-to but these are a bit more in the moment)

    PUT THE CELL PHONE AWAY: I promise you - you’ll survive. If you don’t need it on you for emergencies and if work isn’t really pressing on it - put it away. Try doing any internet based work on your computer sans cell phone. At dinners keep it tucked away in your bag and fully engage with the person across from you. Humans are interesting too.

    Get a grip: When your mind is in total chaos sometimes you’ve just got to hold onto a word or a phrase to get you calm and centered again. There are a lot of great mantras out there but something as simple as the words “I AM” work great. Or put your hand over your heart and/or stomach and focus on your breath.

    Make a friend: Engage with the world around you. Take the pressure off yourself for a moment and chat up a stranger or even someone you already know. Being inquisitive about someone else will allow you to forget about yourself for a minute and clear your mind of that incessant chatter. Have your only goal be to listen as well as you can.

    What do you do when you can’t seem to calm down your mind?