“Don’t Let Yesterday Use Too Much Of Today”
These are great words to live by. I find myself getting caught up with the past much too often and this trend can prove to be unhealthy, as it prevents me from seeing all the good that is happening in front of me, in the present moment.
I have been working on breaking this pattern. Whenever I am able, I set aside a few minutes of each day for mindfulness. For me, it makes sense to do this first thing in the morning and before I go to sleep. I like dedicating times of the day for this, as it allows me to practice repetition – and repetition translates into a daily ritual of sorts. However, I do find some days to be more stressful than others, and on these days I like to sprinkle in a few extra minutes for myself in the middle of the day. The result can be very grounding and rewarding.
When I practice mindfulness, I choose activities that are relaxing and calming. Included in this category is meditation, diaphragmatic breathing, reading, salt baths and light mobility/movement play. I find that hand-writing in a journal also helps. Gratitude exercises cultivate positive thinking in the present moment.
I want to hear from you
When I make time for quiet reflection I cultivate positivity, confidence and productivity. The more often I do this, the less often past difficulties spill into the present.
- How do you keep yourself from being weighed down by past events?
- Please share in the comments below.
- I am interested in learning your habits and techniques for staying in the “now.”
When she is not slaying fat and building muscle, Jennifer can be found trekking barefoot, traveling, cooking and refining her photography skills. She also enjoys reading and writing about food culture, history and the science of human movement.