Enjoying Life One Moment at a Time 75

living life one moment at a time

Are you satisfied with your life? Do you often imagine being at a better place doing something more exciting?

Well, that’s a bad way of spending your precious time. It causes discomfort, and eventually leads to unhappiness.

Many people don’t enjoy life at all because they are never present, they either go back to the past and relive what was, or are somewhere in the future experiencing an ideal reality.

But they are missing out on the only thing they actually have – this moment.

The present moment is your only chance to enjoy life and to do something about a brighter future. If you miss it, together with the next ones, you let life pass by. Until you realize your best years are gone and you end up with regrets and in disappointment.

To stop doing that and be more mindful, to start living consciously and open your heart for the happiness and contentment in the present, live one moment at a time.

Don’t rush through life, don’t wish you were somewhere else, don’t complain about what you don’t have. Simply focus on what you do have, who’s around you and how you’re feeling. Enjoy it. Appreciate it. Love it.

If you do it a couple of times, you’ll find it easier and may even turn it into your attitude towards life, how you react to what happens.

That’s possible.

Then you’ll be happy, content and will have peace of mind.

Once you’re enjoying life without expecting certain things to happen, without going back to the past or creating ideals, you’ll want to share that knowledge and let others find out about it too.

How to Live One Moment at a Time

  1. Be here now.

Yesterday is gone and tomorrow is a mystery and it’s okay not to know what will happen. Stop imagining the worse, stop preparing for any outcome.

Just live today. Everything you need is given to you, you yourself have all it takes to spend this moment in the most productive and pleasant way possible.

  1. Go slowly.

Do things slowly. Anything can be done this way – talking, walking, driving, reading, writing, thinking, exercising, eating, taking a shower, putting on your clothes, drinking your coffee, cleaning, etc.

That one change in the way you do things will let you find joy in everything you do. It will turn your days into a meditation session that brings you calm and reduces stress and anxiety.

  1. Keep it positive.

Whatever happens, find the positive sides.

When nothing happens, stop to appreciate the things around you. Remind yourself of your good qualities, thank for the people in your life, feel happy about the opportunities that are coming your way.

  1. Do things you like.

Last but not least, life’s too short to spend time doing things you don’t really enjoy. So ditch them.

Make time only for what you like, be only with people who lift you up and inspire you, read only books that grab your attention, talk only about what excites you.

That’s how you start enjoying life. Make a tiny change in your mindset today and start living one moment at a time.

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Why Top Executives Meditate (and Why Should You) 21

Why Top Executives Meditate (and Why Should You)

If you want to perform at a high level – whether in tennis, chess or at work – you either have to study how the masters in that field train and operate, or you need to be so stupendously talented that nobody is in a position to give you any advice at all.

For most of us, the latter doesn’t apply, so getting better is partly a question of emulating what we see those we admire doing. At the C level in top companies, this obviously includes things like actively networking, knowing as much as possible about your industry and training your subordinates.

A less visible habit is becoming more popular among top executives, though: meditation. Let’s take a look at a few reasons why some business superstars consider this a vital part of their daily routine:

Rebooting a Negative Mindset

When you have to deal with dozens of issues each day, it’s inevitable that you’ll have some successes and some failures.

The problem arises when our responses to setbacks start bleeding over into other matters. Meditation helps us to dispassionately examine our negative thoughts and get back on an even keel before the next meeting.

Most of us will have experienced days where we hit an upsetting snag first thing in the morning, after which nothing we try seems to go right. Rationally speaking, this can’t be because your horoscope says that your day will suck or accidents come in threes: the most likely explanation is simply that suffering a reverse conditions us to act in a way that doesn’t lead to success.

Remaining Objective

Although we’d like to deny it, our “rational” decisions are shaped at least as much by our emotions as by the relevant facts. This becomes even more true when we’re under pressure; anyone interested in how this works will find plenty of examples in Ben Horowitz’s book, “The Hard Thing About Hard Things.”

Simply put, when our emotions are engaged, we become less able to find creative solutions to problems, see the wood for the trees and tell our needs from our wants.

Meditating, even if only briefly, helps us separate fact from perception and feeling from thought, leading to better judgment and more a consistent management style.

Releasing Stress

Although closely related to the previous points, the negative impact of persistent stress on our health makes it worthwhile discussing this separately.

The roots of stress are many: frustration, anger, disappointment, anxiety. These feelings can’t really be avoided in a management position, so many executives turn to a therapist or therapy, exercise or uninterrupted time with their family for release.

These approaches are all effective, but meditation has the advantage that doing it regularly trains our minds to enter a “centered” state within a very short time of closing our eyes and stilling our thoughts.

Once the habit has been established, whenever things get to the point where our palms are sweaty and we feel the need to yell at the wallpaper, we need only take two or five minutes to get back to the “real” us. This ability is simply invaluable for anyone who has to be at their best all the time, which means that it’s great news that meditation can be learned by anyone.