Staying in the Present Moment Using Meditation

Meditation is great for having peace and calm throughout the day. But what about when you want to be in the moment (like during meditation) for everyday activities? Many people call it being present.

I used to be a worry wort all the time! I would be thinking about the future, making myself guilty about the past, and rarely thinking about the moments I was getting involved in. There were a few times where I was present, and in the flow of my work. Those times were when I was listening and playing to music. But I wanted to be able to have this feeling of peace all throughout my day. Here are the techniques I used based on my discoveries.

1. Every time you get lost in your thoughts, think to yourself, “The past already happened, and the future is a result of my current actions. Focus on what I am doing RIGHT NOW.” This will help you get into the present mindset

2. You could also set a trigger. Sometimes people put a rock in their pocket to touch when they start getting angry. You can have any trigger – a deep intake of breath, a word/mantra you say, or every time you see a stop sign. Anything that will regularly bring you back into the present moment.

Over time this will become easier. Meditation takes practice, but what takes even more practice is being present. It requires you to not getting worried about stuff, get involved with your thoughts too much, or have meta-thinking (thinking about thinking).