We Live in an Age of Distraction
How many times have you driven down a highway, only to realize you have no memory of the last 15 minutes of driving? You were deep in thought, somewhere else in your consciousness. Moments when you are distracted by your thoughts are moments you are not in the present. The world exists around you, but you are engaged in distraction, whether it is your phone, the radio, your worries, or your regrets. As a result, life passes by without you noticing the details within it.
We love this passage from Psychology Today: “Life unfolds in the present. But so often, we let the present slip away, allowing time to rush past unobserved and unseized, and squandering the precious seconds of our lives as we worry about the future and ruminate about what's past.”
How many minutes, hours, days have you wasted by missing out on present moments because you were worried about the future? At work, all you can think about is your next vacation, but once your vacation begins, you feel anxious about work.
This week’s #bebetter52 challenge is to be present in the moment. It is a mindful and active attention to the present. Notice the new sounds and smells around you. Pay attention to when you are are distracted by thoughts in your head or outside interferences and are not fully engaged in conversation. Try bringing yourself back to the present by taking a deep breath and acknowledging something you hear, smell, feel or taste in the present. Do not live in fear of the “what if’s” of the future or regrets of the past. It is only in the present you actually live.
If you want to delve deeper, think about this quote: "When people are not in the moment, they're not there to know that they're not there."
If you need additional guidance, we found some great tips:
5 steps for being Present, Psychology Today