Do you misplace your keys? Your wallet or purse? Do you space out during conversations or gatherings?
Being in the Present Moment
Mindfulness is all about being in the present moment and is a foundational tool for more peace and better coping. When we’re in our heads letting our thoughts go wherever they want, we either go to the past or the future. We must practice staying in the present moment.
Case in point, what do you think about when you’re driving? It could be rehashing a conversation or thinking about what you’re going to eat when you arrive. Wouldn’t it make more sense when we’re driving to actually be in the moment and pay attention to driving – the cars, traffic, speed?
Training our Brains
Training our brains to be in the present moment, in our lives in real time rather than in the past or future, helps us gain more perspective on what’s going on for us in our mind, emotions, and body instead of getting triggered by old thoughts or future fears. When we are able to do this, we experience more joy and remember more of our lives.