12 Days of Joy Day 2. Yesterday the focus was on letting go of the past and releasing the grip the past has on your ability to experience joy. What do you do after you release past strongholds? Learn to live in the moment. Really create a present focused way of living. Appreciate this moment. Most people say yes to this idea, but in reality, it’s a challenging task. As you try to be focused on this moment, your mind wanders to worry about the future or thinking about the past.
As you practice being in the moment, you get better at it. Here are some tips:
First, take some deep cleansing breaths. Then, notice your muscles. Are your muscles clenched anywhere in your body? (Your neck, your throat, your jaw, your low back, your shoulders, your hands, your feet, your gluteals?). Bring your attention to each clenched area. Imagine bring warmth and light to each area. Visualize the muscle heating up and releasing.
As your muscles relax, notice your thoughts and feelings. Whatever you are feeling is perfectly okay. Affirm, “I love and accept myself no matter what.” Let your feelings fully develop, don’t squash anything down. Once you sense you are feeling your full experience (happiness, sadness, anger, frustration), Affirm again, “I love and accept myself”. Then reach for the next better feeling thought (an Abraham Hicks concept).
Example: A next better feeling thought might be, “I want to be happier”. Then move up to the next better feeling thought, “I could allow myself to be happier.” Then the build up to, “I am happy.”
When I was just home from the hospital, I had times when my thought process was. ” I am scared of dying”. “I don’t want to die”… Then, “I want to live.” to “I am alive right now, I have this moment.” “I can love this moment right now.”
Finally, notice if there is present moment action to take. As you decide on and take action, be fully immersed in the experience. If you are writing, be in the writing. If you are talking with someone, be fully present with that person.
Whenever I start to worry about anything (which means I have lost the present moment), there are a couple of things that I do to bring instant awareness to the moment. I feel my feet on the ground, or I notice the textures around me in my environment, or I listen for the silence in between sounds. All of these bring your focus to the present.
We live life in the present. Joy is in the present. It is not a some day thing. It is a now thing.
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