5 ways to connect with the present moment - when you only have a moment.

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5 ways to connect with the present moment Here are my favourite tips for connecting with the present moment - that you can do in a moment!

No lengthy or formal techniques here, just 5 easy methods to experience your life as it is happening, even if you're in a room full of people or if you only have a few seconds.

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1) Breathing

Of course number one is breathing. 

Your breath is the most dependable way to connect with the present moment that you have. It is always there, fast or slow, deep or shallow for you to observe and manipulate. It is seriously your greatest mindfulness tool. (Sometimes I'm a bit of Mindfulness Tool. HA!)

 

Try this:

Take 1 conscious breath in and out. That's it! You don't need to breathe deeply, or count to a number or fill your lungs completely. Who cares about that, you've only got a second, right? Just breathe in and out, watch your breath, feel your breath, hear your breath and, if you have more than a second, take another breath.

 

If you have more time, try this meditation...

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2) Fingertips

Your hands are probably the most active part of your body, engaging with the world of your mind's behalf. But how often do you actually stop and feel what your hands are feeling? Hands can be surprisingly sensitive when you focus your attention on them.

Similar to the breath, your hands are fairly a reliable mindfulness resource considering that they're always there with you.

Try This:

Place your attention on your fingertips and just move them around whatever you happening to be engaging with. If you're eating grapes, then just roll a grape in your fingertips. If you're holding your phone just move your fingertips slightly and notice what you feel there.

Note: If you're a guitar-playing, rock-climbing or heavy-labouring type, you might have dulled sensations in your fingertips. Is there another part of your hand that you can connect with? Palms are a good choice too.

 

3) Sounds

Even in peaceful silence, there are probably sounds going on. The hum of appliances, the buzz of nature  or traffic or people off in the distance. As you travel from place to place, or even just from room to room inside a building the sounds are going to change.

Try This:

Every time you move into a new space i.e. a different room, in/out of a car, indoors/outdoors etc. notice a sound that you can hear in that space. You don't need to focus on it or analyse it, just notice it and then carry on.

 

If you have more time, try this meditation...

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4) Colours

We live in a world filled with colour which is easy to tune out from, but when we tune in to colours, we can experience their diversity and radiance.

Try This:

Choose a colour and look for it everywhere it appears in the space you're in. Scan the area and allow only that colour to stand out to you.

 

5) Gratitude

We can turn on gratitude more easily than you might think, and it doesn't have to be a long, formal process either.

Try This:

Take a look around you and choose a thing, a person or a situation to be thankful for. Allow that feeling of warmth in your heart to grow a little.

 

If you have more time, try this meditation...

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Which technique is your favourite?

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