5 Reasons to Live in the Present Moment

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by Jo-Ann Downey on March 20, 2012

in Wellness

Have you heard that living in the present moment is important and beneficial?  Do you want to know why? 

5 Reasons to Live in the Present Moment

1)      Professional & Personal Success

When you are focused on a task, problem, opportunity, or situation you are more likely to be productive, find answers to problems, and manifest what you want if you are focused and fully present.   This is true for job related responsibilities and personal tasks like planning a vacation. I also believe in taking “mind breaks” and some of my most creative problem solving has happened after I have focused on a situation and then stepped away from it.  As shared in “An Effective Way to be Present- Do Not Compare”, one practical way to be present is to stop comparing.

2)      Increased Clarity & Creativity

Have you ever noticed that when you do something through a concentrated effort that you can use that clarity and experience as a foundation, or stepping stone, in future situations?  Hence your next similar situation is more graceful and can be more creative. Clarity in the present moment can be a building block to more clarity, flow, fun, and creativity in future moments. 

3)      More Energy for Today

When you re-live past experiences and feelings, think about future events or project how you might feel in future situations, you are using today’s energy which reduced today’s ability to fully experience your life.  Even if you have pleasant thoughts of yesterday, you are robbing yourself of the opportunity to have more pleasant thoughts in your life today.  And even if the future looks great, the future has an element of uncertainty. 

4)      Increased Fulfillment & Joy

By putting full attention to your life in this moment you are filling up the moment with life.  Being 100% present in this moment is a form of meditation.  And meditative-like energy creates a quiet mind, more peace, and often more joy.  It also provides the space for inner wisdom, creativity, and intuition to be present in your life.

5)      And from “The Best Reason to Live in the Present Moment”, 

Joy, Peace, and Love happen in the present moment.

And some inspirational quotes:

“You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments when you have really lived are the moments when you have done things in the spirit of love.” Henry Drummond (1851-1860)

 “The ability to be in the present moment is a major component of mental wellness.” Abraham Maslow (1908-1970)

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melissa January 24, 2014 at 4:01 am

No matter what i felt 2 days ago. I have memory but this is the time to focus on the present and do some good in your present life. Well ! this really is inspiring article.

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Jo-Ann Downey February 1, 2014 at 8:20 am

Thank you for sharing and I totally support you ;) Jo-Ann

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