Tuesday, August 27, 2013
I read this tip in a yoga magazine. It was specifically geared to help teens, but I've found it very useful myself (at 31 years old now).
Mindfulness has a lot to do with living in the present moment and savoring (or at least noticing) what is here right now. To become more aware of how much time your mind is spending dwelling on the past or planning for the future, the article suggests simply pausing when you notice a thought and labeling that thought P for Past, F for Future, or N for Now. Once you use this technique to see how many myriad times a day your mind is pulled into the past or future and away from the present moment, you can eventually experiment with drawing your thoughts back to the present moment more and more often.
The most challenging thing about this technique for me is remembering to use it! Maybe I will set a daily reminder in my phone to practice "PNF."