Living in the moment

Iamwithoutacause (@soaringeagle42) 8 years, 9 months ago

Everyone says you should forget the past and not worry about the future and just be living in the moment. But as anything else worthwhile, its easier said then done. I’d like to know people who’re aware of this concept (most, if not, all of you), of ways that you bring yourself back and ground yourself in the moment.

February 24, 2013 at 6:26 pm
Taylor (152) (@taysand) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@soaringeagle42, you’re looking at it too literally. If we erased our thoughts about the past and the future, we wouldn’t be functioning :p

Instead, don’t get hung up on events that happened in the past. It’s nice to think about happy experiences you’ve had and in a way you get to experience those good feelings again. But you don’t want to get into the habit of constantly living in those moments. Make more of those good experiences right NOW! Also, it’s good to think about “bad” experiences as a way to learn a lesson from it, but don’t drown yourself in the bad emotions of them. The past is called the past for a reason.. there’s nothing you can do about it because it’s already done.

As far as the future, focus mainly on your personal goals in life and then bring it back to the present (or technically the immediate future) and start incorporating those first few steps of reaching your goals into your daily routine. Then while you are working at it, live life by the day finding new ways to interact with the world and to find new experiences and to learn and grow and create! That’s life man!
Okay okay I better settle down haha

Start meditating and calm those worrying thoughts so you can start enjoying everything you’re not focusing on :)

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Anonymous (214) (@) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@soaringeagle42, The first thing I recommend is going on a walk during a gorgeous day wile listening to music that has no lyrics.

Do not think about ANYTHING. Simply experience what you see and feel, and use what you take from that experience to create more “in the moment” techniques that best suit your lifestyle and interests

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Iamwithoutacause (0) (@soaringeagle42) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@taysand thanks man. The thing is, I’m not saying i hate thinking about the future and past, and that we should totally stop doing that. I was saying that the way and the kind of thoughts that came up in my mind commanded my attention so much that I just wasn’t living present.

Meditation, yes, I definitely will start that. Thank you, once again!

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Iamwithoutacause (0) (@soaringeagle42) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@justinr I will definitely try that!
I’ll let you know how it goes!
I’ll go ahead and say no dubstep but rather classical music, eh? :)

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Living Stone (153) (@cloudstuck) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

It is amazing that when you do become aware of how much you’re thinking at that time, focus on your body. There are a gazillion, billion things going on in your body every moment. Pay attention to them for a minute or two and you’ll be amazed at the sensations. That is one way of bringing yourself back into the present.

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Taylor (152) (@taysand) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@soaringeagle42, ahh I see. Then yes, meditation will still definitely help to.. basically lower the voice of the intruding thoughts you get. Although it might take a few times to get into the swing of meditation. When I first started I would often get bored and/or tired and sometimes even fall asleep haha. but if you keep at it, you’ll be able to create an awesome calm serenity in your mind to the point where thoughts hardly even exist, and only pure feeling remain.

Also I’d like to add that @justinr, gave some excellent advice! Music is always the surefire way to get my mind off something. Classical music would be perfect as long as you dig that kind of music. I’ve heard that classical music in general is really beneficial to emotional health and relieving anxiety, which then also causes the relief of physical tension. A lot of the time physical tension and stress feed off each other, making either of them stronger and more persistent. But really what it comes down to is whatever type of music relaxes you most. I hope those methods work out for ya!

btw, I recently found a song that was labeled by some website as the most relaxing song in the world. It might just be a placebo effect, but I’d have to agree it was pretty damn relaxing. If you’re interested the song was called “WEIGHTLESS” by Marconi Union

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RadiantChild (106) (@rattailbaby) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

Heres a big one to bring you back to the present moment. Concentrate on your breath. Your breath is always in the present moment. Exhale dark negative vibes, and inhale love, light, and life. Take it in that your actually alive and here right now to take this breath, and that this is your reality and you can do whatever you want in this beautiful moment. Let it come. Flow. Thats what i picture and it works every time.

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RadiantChild (106) (@rattailbaby) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

Look up Jordans Panic to freedom! :)

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Anonymous (149) (@) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@soaringeagle42,

Good music without lyrics..
Explosions in the sky
This Will Destroy You
Tycho – Daydream
Ludovico Einaudi – Nuvole Bianche

Meditate.. BE rather than THINK to much.. don’t be your minds slave. Be conscious of the NOW.

Good books for this..

Eckhart tolle – The Power of Now
Anthony de Mello – Awareness

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Hend (12) (@iamnobird) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

Didn’t Eckhart do a pretty good job of explaining this in The Power of Now? It’s just like any habit–it takes practice. Every time you catch yourself and make a change in thought you make progress against it in the future.

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DaJetPlane (994)M (@lytning91) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

Gestalt therapy lol

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Anonymous (214) (@) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@soaringeagle42, yes absolutely, pick the genre that will enhance your personal experience the most. Although some argue it’s similar to dubstep, I personally use trance music that has a more constant bpm flow with calm synths and melodies that don’t sound like robots smashing face lol

To ALL HEthens reading this:

If you pretty much want to experience what it feels like to be a walking god, check out “Fired Earth Music” Aphelion (Jesper Kyd) while taking a walk in nature (and maybe blaze a little) I would compare this to symphony music

This song is so powerful it absolutely explodes my serotonin to the point where the damn trees and sunset make me want to cry lol…but seriously

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Anetuki (35) (@whiteblueberry) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@justinr, thank you so fucking much for this song. I have the same feeling (and I don’t just feel like crying but actually cry almost every time) when listening to Yann Tiersen’s Comptine dun autre and La Noyee. I feel like all the beauty, all the truth of this world is simply put in those few minutes of perfect sound combination. But it’s a little different genre of music

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Anonymous (214) (@) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@whiteblueberry, my pleasure =)

It had such a significant impact on my life I felt like it was wrong to not share it with EVERYONE lol

I don’t think I’ve ever felt so intensely overwhelmed by the beauty of the world in my entire life than when I listen to this song outside, it literally shakes my being

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Nick (554) (@splashartist) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

The funny thing is you are never NOT living in the moment. Trying to live in the moment is really a lost cause.

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Alex (551) (@hollowinfinity) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@splashartist, Actually you ALWAYS are in the moment, because nothing else can exist at the ‘same time’ because that is how time itself works. The future is always prospective, and the past is always history.

Don’t take it all literally though. It just means don’t get hung up on yesterday, and don’t always live for tomorrow. Live for and in today.

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Anonymous (214) (@) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

^ I think you guys are saying the same thing

The double negative confused me at first too ha

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Alex (551) (@hollowinfinity) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@justinr, Yeah, you are completely right! hahaha.

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