Quote of the Day: “If you are depressed, you are living in the past, if you are anxious, you are living in the future, if you are at peace, you are living in the present.” Lao Tzu
Question of the Day: Do you doubt your doubts?
CHALLENGE: Document how much undistracted time you spend with your loved ones. If you are thinking about other things or doing other things (on your phone) while you are with them then you are distracted.
- Beginner: Spend one day doing this
- Intermediate: Spend two days doing this
- Advanced: Spend three days doing this
- Extreme: Spend five days doing this
Why do This? Here are just a few relationship benefits resulting from being more present:
- Improved physical health & energy, an enhanced playful outlook, more honest communication, a greater emotional connection, relationships become easier, fosters a greater level of openness
Tips and Tricks for Success:
- Incorporate a mindfulness practice
- Here is a informative article from Psychologytoday.com around the benefits of practicing mindfulness:
What I have learned from being more present:
The more I am able to be present the more joy and fulfillment I experience. As adults, we tend to struggle with being present as we are often thinking about the past and future. My greatest teacher when it comes to being present is my 6 year of son. Many young children have the gift of staying focused on the present moment. They seem to think very little about the past and the future and find many creative ways to enjoy the present moment.