Why do so many of us spend our today’s living in yesterday? It’s a question I ask frequently.
What is the meaning of living in the now?
Living in the now means focusing on this moment, this point in time. When you are living in the moment you are not thinking about the past or creating the future. ‘In the now’ neither the past nor the future exists.
What is the purpose of living in the now?
By living in the now you begin to do more of the things you want to do, the things that make you smile, the things that give you satisfaction. My highest ‘living in the now’ moments come when I am writing, reading, running or creating. They also include spending time with my family, friends and loved ones, taking some time out to have a conversation with my son, listening to music, reading a good book.
So when I am experiencing any of these activities I am in a place of joyfulness because they are the things that make be happy and grateful to be alive, to be on the planet.
That said you can be in the now when you’re doing your housework!
How do you begin to live in the now?
You have to make a commitment to wanting to live in the now, to build the desire to focus your mind on the moment. Ask, ‘in this moment what would I most enjoy doing, what would make me feel alive?’ Or ‘As I carry out this task/chore what can I take from it?’ (Ex. When you’re washing the dishes you begin to enjoy the sensation of the warm water running over your skin).
Here are some ‘in the now’ actions and thoughts:
- Love your life, love your partner, not just in a statement but in your approach; hold hands, share yourself and give of yourself.
- Love your family, your friends and find ways to express that love be it a card, a hug or a phone call. And acknowledge how good each interaction makes you feel.
- Get out into nature and enjoy her, she is free and beautiful. Walk in the sun, walk in the rain and feel blessed that you can experience her abundance at any moment in the day.
- Be around people that lift your spirit, that make you laugh out loud and who encourage you.
- Spend time doing the things that you love; if you enjoy singing, sing! Enjoy dancing? Play your favourite dance track!
- Be a kid again! There is a child inside each and every one of us itching to get out and make the most of the now.
- Focus on what you are doing; what do you see, hear, feel, smell, taste in that moment?
As I write this (not from the bath tub!) I smile, loving that I can feel each word, knowing that I am in the moment and enjoying it…
What will you do now?
Published by YvonneB
A catalyst for change, Yvonne Bignall is a breath of fresh air in the extraordinary way she helps women 50+ to reconnect with life & their innate power through radical self-care, guilt-free!
She supports, encourages, and inspires women to prioritise their health, one bitesize action at a time. Her work is challenging as it navigates through difficult conversations, listening & observing how women’s health issues have been:
❊ Under-resourced &
❊ Swept under the carpet
She helps women to recognise & unpack old scripts that still (sadly enough) tell them that their value derives from their level of caregiving of others, their output. The truth is it is the input, the ability to resource self, which provides women with the energy required to realise their true potential.
Along with her team, she explores the thoughts, behaviour & habits, often born out of guilt, gender expectations, and reinforced narratives, with curiosity (not judgment), discarding the unhelpful, whilst reclaiming innate power through the creation of new patterns, restoring a sense of self, outside of societal expectations. In her opinion, this allows women to:
✔ Develop an elevated level of self-awareness
✔ Build / rebuild their confidence & self-belief
✔ Value all of who they are and invest time in who they want to be at their best
A self-care warrior, an encourager & inspirer, Yvonne is today an award-winning Women’s Health Advocate, Published Author, and an International Presenter. She is also a Radio Show Host and a Podcaster.
Yvonne is focused on building a community of women, www.PermissionToThrive.online, who are ready to reclaim their right to self-care, guilt-free, and who prioritise their health without apology, role-modeling behaviour & habits that inform generations to come of their true value.
She also advocates for self-care over burnout in the workplace, delivering practical webinars in the corporate space. In her own words, “It is time for employees to prioritise their wellbeing. How will they deliver their best work without it?”
One of her favourite quotes comes from Eleanor Brown, ‘Rest and self-care are so important. When you take time to replenish your spirit, it allows you to serve others from the overflow. You cannot serve from an empty vessel’
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