One Little Tip to Remain in the Present

Yesterday I found myself thinking; ‘I need more money, I need to move out, I need more clothes, I need, I just need, goddamnit!’

The day before, I was absolutely content with what life was giving me.

What had changed?

What was different about that day of neediness?

The variables are endless.

I wish I could tell you why that day my mind had gone into a state of desperate seeking, but I can’t and I’m sure we are all are far too busy to concern ourselves with seeking the cause of every restless state we end up in.

So I don’t know how I got there.  But the great thing is – there is a very simple way to get out, one little tip that guides you back to, and helps you Remain in the Present.

Gratitude.

Everything is in abundance – we have all we need already.

There is no way most of us won’t find a way to fulfil our needs for shelter, sustenance, and some form of love – even if that love comes to us via our favourite pet and even if we fulfill those needs in a negative destructive way.

So then it isn’t what you need that is the issue.  It is what you want and desire that causes all the anxiety.

The future doesn’t exist, the past is no longer.

The only thing that is, is now. 

Having future plans and desires is perfectly fine but not when they become needs.  Because you are living your life in a future which may never materialise and you are missing all the real living going on now.

The easiest way to come back to the present is to cultivate Gratitude, to cultivate your abundance right now.

Realize how much you have got right now, and notice how that all you have now was the result of a previous desire which you achieved.

You don’t need to worry over them.  Not long ago I really desired to set up a blog – now I have the blog, it is very easy to forget what achieving that goal meant to me.

What’s more is that appreciating what you’ve got – will help you appreciate what comes, so naturally you feel like you have more of everything.

You can stop.

You can stop getting caught up in the next future desire and be present with what is happening now.

Write down every morning 3 new things you are grateful for.  Or if your mind is in a state of array whilst reading this/ at any point in your day – take a piece of paper and write all the things you can possibly think of to be grateful for.  It may be hard at first; what have I got to be grateful for?

I’m stuck in this job, I’m bored of my life… Blah blah.  This is just pointless mind chatter that you can overcome.

Look around you and see what you have got in your life.  Go back into the recent past (last few days maximum) and remember all the amazing things that have happened and are happening now in your life.

Here are a few ideas to help get you started:

  • People – your boyfriend/ girlfriend, husband/ wife, lover, friends, work colleagues, someone you met on the street, the person who serves you coffee with a beautiful smile… 
  • Your stuff – all the material wealth you have attracted into your life.  Your bed, your house, your rented room, the sofa you are currently sleeping on, your toothbrush, your shampoo.  
  • Your health – your fitness, your state of mind, your two legs that move, your breath which breathes itself.
  • Things that happen – your job, your routine, a compliment someone gave you, a goal you reached, something you did today which was better than you ever could have done.

Once you get started, you will build momentum and before you know it you will look at how long your list has got and be shocked at how much abundance you truly have, and at how you could ever feel like you need more.

We have everything we need right now, we just need to learn to notice it. 

Written on 4/1/2013 by Lauren Taylor, founder of Inspire-me.co has only recently started to discover and life her true life.  She is growing every day via writing and learning to live in alignment with her true purpose, plus blogging about Personal Development challenges she seeks to conquer.  She is interested in learning how to experience more out of life, in growing herself and sharing tips to help inspire others to grow too. Photo Credit:
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