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How many of you live in the moment as much as possible?

I work to remind myself to actually be aware of where my head is at. I have triggers that remind me to "be in the now" throughout the day. I love the way I am becoming more in control of my thoughts by doing this. Is there anyone else out there who does this? If so, what results have you had?

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I tried to think of how to comment on this because it means a great deal to me. but alas I just coulden't figure out how to express my thought, so I'll post a meme to something I live by.

a great way live. I am a volunteer and a seeker of knowledge. I travel and teach and love life, being in the now helps so much. Namaste with hugs

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I make an effort to live in the moment and try to remind myself to be present when I drift. I fail at it perpetually and I am constantly rewarded with opportunities to correct it.

my trick is. I have "triggers" seeing a yellow vehicle, or washing my hands, or red umbrellas, or having sit at a red light, they are all reminders for me bring my mind back the here and now maybe only takes 5 seconds.... but done a dozen times a day I find it helps me be more aware of my mind and its games. namaste with hugs

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After going through cancer treatment, I really woke up to living in the here and now. It is quite honestly the only reality we have and the most peaceful place to be. The past is a distorted memory at best, often filled with "should have, could have"...and the future isn't certain often full of "what ifs". Live in the moment, you will always be happier for doing so. Glad to hear that you personally try to live this way smile001.gif

very well done you..... Namaste with hugs, life is amazing

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I wouldn’t know how to live any other way. I didn’t know how, until I was diagnosed with cancer, now I take each minute as it comes. I don’t look back, and I don’t look past today. Life is easier this way.

jeffeast Level 3 July 20, 2018

it's a sad thing that something as awful as illness should jolt us into a different mindset, if only we knew then what we know now. It"s a true saying that youth is wasted on the youg. We should learn to keep that childish innocence throughout our life and enjoy each moment the way children do. I am happy that you are able to do it now, and I send you hugs

@Dippyhippy Thank you! Yes, it does take a jolt for us to realize what we need, sometimes. The wonderful thing is not missing the joys anymore. Hugs to you too.

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I have never been 100% sold on this because I think awareness of context is often important to things like planning and learning from experience. Living in the present is what we software developers call a "peephole optimization". When you optimize for one thing, you are inherently de-optimizing for something else.

That said ... it's a technique I still find surprisingly useful. I think the trick is to be able to put aside the past and the future and not be obsessed with, or overly focused on, either. Too much focus on the past = regret; too little = disconnected from context. Too much focus on the future = anxiety; to little = disorganized.

mordant Level 8 July 20, 2018

For me, trading some of that anxiety for a bit of disorganization is a worthwhile pursuit.

Great answer, balance matters ?

Yes the best way forward is have a balance. I do not believe it would be beneficial be always in the moment. We are born experience as much "life" as we can so that"s what I aim do, but without being on "autopilot" Namaste with hugs

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I don't wan to sound weird but I don't think I have the capacity not to do that - Its possibly because I have D.I.D - I don't know but I just seem to live seamlessly without thought - I get immersed in what I am doing and that is all there is, like just picking out weeds or watering and my head doesn't seem to run around needing entertainment - I have friends who are the opposite so I understand and not sure which of us is luckier

jacpod Level 8 July 28, 2018
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I tried living in the moment once... but the moment passed.

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depends on my mental health when its stable yeah i do

weeman Level 7 July 21, 2018

maybe being in the moment is a good way become stable... namaste with hugs

@Dippyhippy no sadly when psychotic episodes hit it means fighting against some truly terrifying thoughts

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Can't change yesterday. Living in the past denies yourself a future, live in the now. I have too much to be doing to look back. ?

totally agree Namaste with hugs

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Life is a string of moments and the only thing guaranteed is now. We tend to exude arrogance regarding our time here on Earth. We live under the impression that there will always be tomorrow to accomplish something or reach out to a person that we've had a crush on, etc. Tomorrow isn't promised to any of us. I try to live in the moment each day of my life and it's rewarding to say the least. My grandmother used to tell me that a closed mouth doesn't get fed. I try to open my mouth every chance I get.

Sapio_Ink Level 6 July 21, 2018

thank you for your words of wisdom Namaste with hugs

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I try. It can be hard sometimes because I live in my head so much, but I do pretty well.

so many people live in their head and become complacent there, so much they are on autopilot most of the time. I love my "in the now" moments, To make it less hard and chore-like, I have triggers throughout the day which remind me to stop my mind and be in the now. Works for me, you could give it a try. see some of my other replies. Namaste with hugs

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I thought I’ll be rocking today and that’s what I did first thing in the morning tumbling off steps in my dwelling and injuring my shoulder
After that a dish soap bubble went straight into my right eye so I was blind for a while
Now I’m high, drunk and happy ?

the universe has a funny way of giving us a nudge.... namaste with hugs

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Everyday. Keep my fishing rods in my car. Life is uncertain. Eat desert first. ?

Mikeb56 Level 7 July 20, 2018

ohhh love it, I will always now eat dessert first, how fab Namaste with hugs

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While we can have moments of living in the moment, every moment we have is influenced by the past, consciously or unconsciously. Show me someone who does not think about the past or the future and I will retract that statement.

I live day to day, as does everyone, and moment by moment. However disregarding the past is not only impossible but not advisable. I do not let the past negatively impact me, but I value the experience it has given to me. I also prepare for the future. My last two BFs asked me why I save money as the future is not a given and I could be hit by a bus tomorrow; yes, but if not, I want to live as comfortably as I can when I am 75. If I lived "in the moment," I would eat chocolate cheesecake as often as I wanted, regardless of being 250 pounds in the past, because that would be what I wanted with no consideration of the actions.

People often say that we should live each day as if it were our last. If I did that, I would stop working, gather my family around me, and eat said cheesecake. I would also cry all day because of the impending doom of death.

If you were crying all day you would not be in the moment because you are thinking of impending death

@Dippyhippy Of course I wouldn't, and neither would anyone else.

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I find my awareness fluctuates, even just when I try to stay aware of the body I seem to drift off after a while. Being aware of the mind and of the emotions is more difficult, and I’ve never yet had a moment where I could be aware of all three. But then that is what meditation is for.

Denker Level 7 July 27, 2018
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The "NOW" is all we have. The past is gone and can't be undone. The future hasn't happened yet, but can be influenced by what happens in the "NOW". There's no other way to live.

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I have a hard time living in the moment and controlling my thoughts and focus, although it's something I'm working hard on. I want to be more aware of the world around me and learn to spend more time in the now. My problems with mental health often hinder me in these goals, but I try to stay optimistic.

MST3K Level 8 July 24, 2018
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How is it possible to live in the moment? The moment the moment is realized it not a moment. It's the past.

Mooolah Level 8 July 22, 2018
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Meditation rocks, it's helped me w a few injuries, PTSD.

What are your triggers/reminders to be in the moment?

Things that trigger me to be in the moment are for example, red traffic light stops, yellow vehicles, spotted dogs, red umbrellas, washing my hands to name a few

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Me as much as possible

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@Countrywoman you too then lol

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I just joined and am browsing. This caught my attention because I am old and the moment, right now is what I have. Oh, my health is fairly good and I have an excellent medical team to guide me.

Life can be brutal, disappointing and cruel but it can also be joyful, loving and beautiful. I love life and enjoy it but today is all any of us have. My advice to others is embrace life, hold it close because we only have one chance to live so do not waste it.

Nakiarogue Level 5 July 21, 2018

wonderful words Namaste with hugs

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Sorry. What was that? I'd just drifted off. smile009.gif

JimmyM Level 7 July 21, 2018

drifting off is wonderful, as long as your aware you are drifting, mind you I drift off often and go the land of the fairies, that|s also great do

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there's all kinds of now.

hankster Level 9 July 21, 2018

all kinds of what?

@Dippyhippy all kinds of now...... all kinds of presence

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Live in the moment as much as you can. You never know how long your moment will last.

McWalsoft Level 6 July 21, 2018

so very true, I love my moments and I love my life... namaste with hugs

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Once you pass certain age then you just gotta....

IamNobody Level 8 July 21, 2018

I don't understand what age has do with anything, could you explain?

@Dippyhippy when young, one may not live everyday to the max (live in the moment) because it feels like there is always tomorrow. As one grow old, there is a turning point along the way when it's understood that one cannot afford any longer to waste another day.

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