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Why Staying in the Moment Can Be Challenging?

By Vaishali, author of “You Are What You Love”

 

Most people choose to understand and define their value, power and worth by the criteria of their “doing.” When your value, power and worth hangs in the balance according to how well or how badly you perceive your performance, it will always yield an unbalanced, stressful result.

Our true value, power and worth is that we are Divine Love and Wisdom. We do not have it; we are it. It has never been a matter of being deserving or worthy enough to earn it. How can you earn something you already are? How can you not be deserving of what you inherently are?

When we define ourselves by something other than the truth of who and what we are, our lives become a fertile ground for cultivating all kinds of suffering. The challenge is choosing between “being” or “doing.” Being a force of Love or doing to achieve love. Personally, I favor the former rather than the latter.

Tips for Staying in the Moment
First watch what you eat. Food is your first wave of medicine. Your diet affects the clarity of your thoughts in the same way it affects your body’s overall well-being. Refined white sugar, white flour, saturated and trans fats are not foods that will protect your quality of attention, or any other aspect of the your life for that matter.

Health-sabotaging foods will also decrease overall mental focus and create a sense of physical agitation. If you want to improve your focus of attention and keep the mind primed, cut out junk food. A calm mind is a focused and a present mind. Remember anything that disturbs the nervous system will undermine your ability to stay present with “what is.”

Secondly, allow the sounds, smells and sensations to gently keep bringing you back into the present moment. Sensory organ stimuli happen in the now. You can’t listen to something in the future or the past, only in the present. That is why the sound of wind chimes and water flowing in fountains is so soothing. It calmly and lovingly seduces our consciousness back into the here and now.

When working at your desk or driving in your car, take time occasionally to really feel your body sitting in the chair. Notice the feel of the floor or the foot pedals against your feet. These sensations will realign you with the present when you give them your attention.

Thirdly, do not deprive yourself of sleep and rest. A tired or fatigued brain is a mind that is not regenerating, not restoring its energy. As a result, the ability to stay present suffers dramatically. Dreaming is extremely important for clarity of focus and the most under acknowledged aspect in the quality of our attention.

When people are deprived of REM activity (rapid eye movement) that occurs during the dreaming stage, the first casualty is clarity of mind and the ability to focus properly. The longer the deprivation, the greater and more rapidly the mental decay. People who have been dream deprived long enough actually begin to hallucinate — definitely not a present moment activity. The good news is that with quality, uninterrupted re-cooperative sleep, they quickly return to normal.

The Importance of Staying in the Moment?
This is where life is happening. You do not live in the past or the future; you live now. The present is where happiness is, where understanding of your value, power and worth is. The meaningful human contact we all crave and need is in the here and now. You cannot breathe into the past or laugh in the future. You can only engage in life-affirming, life-sustaining actions in the now. A positive, healthy, expansive future springs forth from the relationship you have with the present moment.

The present moment is where our real power resides. When we are in the present we have a “hands-on” position with the rest of our life. The present moment allows us the access to change, grow or modify whatever is not working with us. The present moment is where we refine, increase, nurture and cultivate what is working for us.

Present moment = power. If you are looking at your life and feeling powerless or overwhelmed, it is nature’s way of letting you know that you have left the present moment and point of power. Besides, chocolate always tastes better in the here and now... enough said!

Join Vaishali at The Health Freedom Expo, March 26, 2pm at The Long Beach Convention Center in a new location - Expo Hall C - at 300 East Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90802. Visit: www.healthfreedomexpo.com or call (888) 658-EXPO.

Vaishali is the author of Wisdom Rising and You Are What You Love. She is also a radio host of “You Are What You Love” aired weekly at www.purplev.com Sunday 11-1pm PST and Fridays 1pm-2pm PST. Vaishali learned to transform her life from the threat of two terminal disease diagnoses, domestic abuse and financial devastation. Completely recovered, she shares her wisdom at www.purplev.com