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Present Moment Awareness

Present Moment Awareness means we can surrender the idea that we are what we think about most of the time by allowing us to direct our mind to focus on the positive in our life. 

Introduction to: Present Moment Awareness

 Present moment awareness allows us to escape from the half-truths of the past and consciously direct the thoughts that rise up within us.

Jim Rohn was a famous self-help and self-improvement guru. He helped millions of people create amazing lives. His teachings on establishing the correct mindset and habits for success have been credited with so many wonderful life transformations.

One thing Rohn constantly said was this.

“You are what you think about most of the time.”

This is the half-truth we referred to in the title above. We say it’s only half true because it doesn’t have to be.

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The End of Endless Negative Repetition

A photo illustrating present moment awarenessYou can certainly let your thoughts lead your actions. When you repeat the same ones over and over, you teach your brain that this thought is important to you. Your brain assumes it relates to your values and your belief system.

Have you experienced the endless knots of thought when you fight with a loved one or your boss?

You replay the scenario over and over. You know you can’t change what happened, but this doesn’t stop the instant replay, 

Can you recall a similar situation?

Take a moment to journaling about such a time. 

Taking Action From the Subconscious 

What logically happens next is you take action. Your conscious focus on this thought moves to the subconscious part of your mind once it’s recognized as critical. Your subconscious drives your conscious behaviors and turns those thoughts into actions.

You decide to give your loved one the silent treatment. 

Be honest. You’ve done that right?

Your actions create your results. Your results create your reality.

Thoughts lead to actions, and actions lead to results. That may or may not have led to your dream reality. 

Those thoughts and actions distract us from our path and our goals. 

The good news is that you can change any reality you are experiencing when you don’t let your thoughts control you.

Your Thoughts Are Nothing More Than Events

Your brain just randomly fires off thought after thought because it’s attempting to process information and determine the best possible course of action for you. 

How many thoughts does the average person have each day?

A 2020 study on Healthline.com suggests that people routinely have over 6,000 thoughts every day.

That’s what you’re up against if you let your thoughts control your actions rather than taking control of your thoughts. There isn’t enough time in the day to try and take action on thousands of them.

Back to The Jim Rohn Quote

 

Now let’s return to what Mr. Rohn said about you becoming what you think about most of the time. 

This definitely will happen if you let it. As we said earlier, consciously thinking the same thought over and over sends it to the subconscious. Your subconscious is the part of your mind that gives you marching orders. It leads to actions that create the results you see.

We call this a half-truth only if you let your random thoughts control you. If you live in the present moment, you don’t give power to them. You decide which ones to act upon and which to ignore.

Spend most of your time living in the present moment. Don’t judge or analyze your current moment in time. Just let it be. Absorb it. Fully interact with it.

Then when random thoughts pop up, and they’re going to, don’t push them away. Instead choose to accept them and release them into the air. 

Engage in the present moment rather than letting your thoughts create the reality you experience.

Don’t get distracted by thoughts of the future or the past, or by your feelings. You center yourself in the here and now and are aware and mindful of what’s happening at this very moment in time. The reward is more control over the reality you create and a better chance at living the life of your dreams.

Present-moment awareness creates a gap not only in the stream of mind but also in the past-future continuum. Nothing truly new and creative can come into this world except through that gap, that clear space of infinite possibility.

10 Tips for Increasing Present Moment Awareness

  1. Lighten the Load. Cleanliness is close to godliness as the saying goes. Elininate, tidy, and beautify. Create spaces that feel peaceful and restful.
  2. Slow Down. We live life at the speed of light these days. We don’t take the moments we need to just sit and do nothing. It’s not s sin to spend an afternoon with a book or soaking up the sun.
  3. Walk in Nature. Nothing connects us more to the world than a quiet walk in a park or the countryside. Present moment awareness naturally arises as we enjoy the fresh air and all the green things.
  4. Forgive the Past. Working on forgiveness is never a wasted effort. The less drama we have in our past the less we are likely pulled back into it.
  5. Use positive affirmations to help you experience present moment awareness. As an example: I am fully enjoying this special moment.
  6. Practice Gratitude. Find 5 things every day you are deeply grateful for. Appreciation brings you into present moment awareness.
  7. Meditation. You don’t have to know all the ins and outs just sitting quietly for a few minutes every day will change your life.
  8. Develop a journaling habit. This is a great way to change the way you look at things. Remember that great Wayne Dyer quote? “If your change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.
  9. Commit an Act Of Kindness This takes us out of ourselves and our worries and gives us a feel-good lift.
  10. Self-Love. When we are in love with ourselves and comfortable with ourselves we are not distracted by comparing ourselves to others. We are free to use be there.
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