Living in the Moment: How to Be More Present

Busy, busy, busy.

We are all very busy. In fact it seems a badge of honor these days to be the busiest person you know. We have family, kids, careers, Zumba class, Facebook, Twitter, Hulu, Netflix, and the list continues endlessly. It is no wonder that we often feel that we are on a speeding treadmill that we can’t stop. We may even feel somewhat virtuous about our busyness. What is the prize for all this activity?

At the end of our busy week, many of us feel exhausted and overwhelmed. All we want to do is sit in front of our iPad or TV and zone out.

How can we get off this speeding treadmill?

Taking a few minutes every day to be quiet, to disconnect from our electronics and our To Do list can create peace and resilience to move through our daily lives. I can’t sit still you may say. I can’t either. I don’t know how to meditate or quiet my mind. I am not so skilled at that either. Here are 3 easy things to try:

  1. When you wake up, before getting out of bed or grabbing your phone try this. Put one hand on your heart and one hand on your belly. Now breathe. Do the slow square breath: count to 4 slowly on your inhale, count 4 as you hold your breath, count to 4 as you slowly exhale, count to 4 before you inhale again. Do this 10 times
  2. Sometime during the day find a quiet place and do this sequence again this time sitting up tall in a chair.
  3. When you go to bed repeat this sequence again for 10 breaths.

Being mindful of your breath as you slow it down allows you to relax and reconnect with you.

Over time you will find yourself calmer, less reactive to stressful situations and you will probably sleep better. Let me know how this works for you. I love hearing from you.

Christine J. Harris, M.S., L.M.F.T., C.B.T.

Christine J. Harris, M.S., L.M.F.T., C.B.T.

Christine Harris is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, Licensed Massage Therapist and Certified Bioenergetic Therapist in Littleton, Colorado. Her specialty is embracing all of you: body, mind, and spirit in the therapy process. She has extensive post-graduate training in Bioenergetic Psychotherapy, a body-centered form of counseling. Contact her about your life’s adventures, misadventures, and desire for a more vibrant life. Email: [email protected] Phone: 720-727-2500.

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