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Practice awareness of your present moment


Friday, December 06, 2013

Be aware of your surroundings and your present moment. The main cause of absentmindness is focusing on a future task and ignoring the needs of the present moment. When we park the car or set down the keys we are already thinking of the next task and not noticing our present actions. As we grow older our lives become more complex and there are too many distractions that cause us to be unaware of the present moment.
To regain the awareness of the present moment that we had in our youth, take time to notice the things around you and appreciate them. If you tend to misplace items or forget tasks, try to focus on one item or task that you tend to misplace or forget for the next couple of weeks, and master that. Vision your self having a set place to put that item or an action that will cause you to recollect the task tell yourself that you will be mindful about it for the next couple of weeks.
Life will be much easier if we are more mindful of the present moment then of future events, and we can take time to appreciate the things in our lives.
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FRIDA11 12/16/2013 12:38PM

    Thank you for sharing emoticon

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-WISPY- 12/11/2013 3:35PM

    I too practice living in the present moment. Thank you for sharing.

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1CRAZYDOG 12/10/2013 7:40AM

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FEMISLIM 12/7/2013 12:35PM

    Great tips. Thanks

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SOXYINMO 12/7/2013 11:14AM

    I remember a book from the 70s : Be Here Now. People seem to have lost this idea completely. It's appalling to me to see young mothers at the store with their children in the shopping carts and the mothers are so busy talking on their mobile phones while shopping, that they are ignoring their children completely.

This is a great blog, thank you so much for the reminder!

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PDQ1203 12/7/2013 9:01AM

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NUTRON3 12/7/2013 6:55AM

    I agree

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-WRKNG2ABTTRME- 12/6/2013 7:21PM

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--KREN 12/6/2013 6:00PM

    Yes. It's not your memory that is faulty. It's your attention. If you pay attention to what you do in the moment, you'll remember it later.
So if you say "I'm putting my glasses here. I'm putting my keys here. This person's name is Alex", etc. etc. you'll have those memories locked in. It really works.

Karen

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MADEIT3 12/6/2013 4:40PM

    Well said. If only the world agreed that mindfulness and focus on the here-and-now were important qualities. I know my boss prefers that I spend 100 percent of my time thinking about his projects.

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PENNYPEARLS 12/6/2013 4:27PM

    Wise words!

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IGNITEME101 12/6/2013 4:21PM

    I agree. Living in the past will also cause absent-mindedness.
The present IS a present!



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VONBLACKBIRD 12/6/2013 4:16PM

    I need to practice this too. I'm so absentminded today.

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LOOD1962 12/6/2013 3:45PM

    Well said. I need to practice this.
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