For as long as I can remember I have been a stressed-out person. I am often thinking of what I need to get done and I always have a to-do list that I’m adding to. Even when I’m trying to relax I’m thinking about what I need to do when I’m done. When I started putting more effort into making changes I knew being mindful and living in the moment was one of the most important changes I could make.
I started to put more effort into focusing on where I was and what I was doing. When my mind would wader or I would start thinking about what I needed to do later I found myself mentally repeating “This is where you are.” It became my mantra to remind myself to live in the moment, no matter where I was or what I was doing.
I started practicing meditation to help clear my mind, I even purchased an app that guides me through learning to meditate. I struggle with meditation a lot, even when I would repeat my mantra “this is where you are” my mind would wander to the most random things. I want to enjoy meditation and I want to see the benefits of it in my life but I haven’t given up yet, I’m still trying.
As much as being present is a struggle for me when I was in London I was very good at living in the moment. I made sure to take the time and be aware the moment I was in. Every once in a while, I stopped, sat down on a bench and looked around to appreciate where I was. I was in London.
Living in the moment is not easy for me and it is something I have to work on daily and when I remember my mantra “this is where you are” it helps.
Do you have a mantra? If so, what is it?