Living in the now and staying present has been difficult for me to achieve. I tend to overthink and create a story, one that leads to fear and anxiety.
Marty from ptsdawayout.com says to live in the now is to be an observer of our senses. This means to bring awareness to not only sight, sound, smell, taste, but also to the sensations in the body.
How does a thought make you feel? Bringing awareness to these sensations may bring you closer to attuning to your authentic-self.
Acknowledging and accepting feelings, guides me to discover a self, the self that is connected to intuition and offers endless love and compassion.
I cannot always pay attention to my surroundings and be aware of the moment. Since I am naturally driven to distraction by mind chatter, it proves difficult to sometimes limit thoughts. When I find myself deep within my mind, I try paying attention to how this is triggering sensations throughout my body. For me, I realized that negative sensations are usually traced back to a rat wheel of endless worry.
As I attune to my feelings, I let the trigger, which causes pain in the pit of my stomach, to be a warning signal. Not always am I able to clear thoughts, once the negative voice has began. I first become aware of the warning signal, then I am able to make a rational decision to change my behavior instead of mindlessly reacting.
In times when I am unable to clear my mind and bring my awareness back to my senses, I use gratitude and affirmations to reprogram my sub-consciousness. I have previously brainstormed and made it somewhat ritualistic to incorporate these concepts in my life.
When a trigger is revealed, I can then use an affirmation that brings my awareness to the now “In this moment, right now I am safe, I am worthy and I accept all of me.” This helps me gain a perspective that is both calming, nurturing and attuned to the present.
Ideally, we would be able to clear our minds in all circumstances and enjoy life as it unfolds before our eyes. Being aware is a skill that needs to be practiced. This is why mediation is so vitally important to overall health and wellness. Through sitting, we train our brains to be calm and collected.
When thoughts do arise, try continuously to bring them around to clarity by focusing on the breathing track. This takes us out of a reactionary mind to one of acceptance and feeling of overall peace.
In the practice of focusing on the breath, one will eventually be able to correlate it back to the senses. This correlation allows you to realize the breeze brushing against your cheek, the song in a chipmunk’s chatter and the innocence in a scared, frantic, and angry person. Once this correlation is made, my hope for you all is to transform a monotonous zombie-like life into one of a revived, exciting and blissful one.
This is Mechelle with Renewing Winds. I started this blog to help one become their authentic-self and unlock their true potential. I am collaborating with Marty ptsdawayout.com blog. He is a mindfulness coach and dear friend. I am hoping to offer you all insight to a journey that has allowed me to thrive after being suicidal for many years.