Learning To Be Present So That You Can Relax

We all know what it is like to be on the go, always moving and working at the next thing. Even our mind jumps ahead constantly, already beginning the next stage. What will you do tomorrow or the next day? How does it fit with what you have to do next? Whew, no wonder you are exhausted, tired, and just need a break. That’s a lot and it never ends because we never choose to let it end. I know there is always a lot on your plate, always so much to do, but you can let it overwhelm you or you can be present with the moment. See it for what it is right then and let tomorrow come when it does.

If we stop looking forward and seriously only engage in the moment we are in, then things begin to feel easier. We gain confidence and can perhaps let go of the fear for the future and what has to be done next. This has a lot to do with learning how to relax. It is not just about yoga and a mat but seeing yourself and your life a little more clearly. You do not have to take away something in order to change; you just need to be more present with the moment you are in. Think about it, if you have one task in front of you, isn’t it far easier to deal with it then to have your mind full of all that is to come and all you need to do? Your body, not to mention your mind, will get tense just with the idea of everything you feel you need to deal with. Of course taking space for yourself is a marvelous idea, but what do you do when you have to keep going?

This is not about ignoring what is to come; this is about staying grounded with what is happening right now. For in truth, this moment is the only one you can deal with fully. When the next one comes you will be there and ready because you waited for it. By taking it one moment at a time you will find it easier and feel yourself relaxing because it is manageable and doable. So the next time you feel stressed and need to relax remind yourself to only focus on the moment. Think about it this way, relax by letting go of the idea of what is to come and be only where you are. Your body and mind will relax because it is understandable and manageable; therefore, it becomes easier and you can relax even while you keep going.

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