Our mantra of the day is...
"The past has no power over the present moment."
- Eckhart Tolle
So, how do we stay present? The first thing to recognize is that, try as we might, we really can only do one thing at a time, so we ought to do that thing wholeheartedly. Most of our time is spent in the past or the future, rather than the present moment. What we end up doing is passing through that moment on the way to somewhere else and, in doing so, we miss the moment.
As we divulge deeper into understanding this mantra, we can discover that well being can only exist in the moment. Technology encourages us to depart the moment. Well-being can only exist if we can be with ourselves and stay mindful of how we are. Technology leads us to disconnect from ourselves and place our focus on a continual stream of something else. Well-being requires that we not be dependent upon any substance to maintain our equanimity.
Tips To Live In the Present
- Do one thing at a time: Single-task, don't multi-task. When you're pouring water, just pour water. When you're eating, just eat. When you're bathing, just bathe. Don't try to knock off a few tasks while eating or bathing or driving.
- Do it slowly and deliberately: You can do one task at a time, but also rush that task. Instead, take your time, and move slowly. Make your actions deliberate, not rushed and random. It takes practice, but it helps you focus on the task.
- Do less. If you do less, you can do those things more slowly, more completely and with more concentration.
Did You Know?
Researchers found nearly four in five students had significant mental and physical distress, panic, confusion and extreme isolation when forced to unplug from technology for an entire day.
As we absorb the positive aspects of technology, we need to stay fiercely aware of its power to steer us away from our true needs. We must remain mindful of our own minds and careful not to be seduced into the unconsciousness that technology makes possible.
- Colier, Nancy. "Is Technology Worsening Our Basic Restlessness?" The Huffington Post.
- Formica, Michael J. "Enlightened Living: 5 Steps for Being Present.” Psychology Today
- Gray, Richard. "Facebook Generation Suffer Information Withdrawal Syndrome." The Telegraph.