These last few years have taught us that change is always upon us. Instead of trying to hold on tightly to the past and remain in our comfort zone, we must acknowledge what is happening in the present and remain open to an unknown future. Essentially, we must adopt a mindset that allows us to move forward by choosing growth over fear.
The way in which we can do this is to connect to present-moment awareness through Mindfulness.
A daily Mindfulness practices enables us to step away from the chaos and confusion that can keep us in a state of anxiety and uncertainty, and instead find refuge in the “now.” Mindfulness is a way to be grounded in the present with total awareness. We can observe our lives unfolding and become better able to experience them with acceptance.
With Mindfulness we achieve a state of mental balance, and instead of giving into a particular emotion like fear, we function as a “solution thinker.” We recognize that fear gets in the way of practical solutions, or even using common sense.
When we’re functioning out of fear or resistance, we’re more likely to limit our thinking. Instead of it being constructive, our thoughts can be destructive. We perceive far too many situations as threats to our survival, and this can even extend to how we perceive others.
Increased demands for altering everything from our modes of transportation to the products we buy to the skills we need for employment to adapt to a changing world has us catapulting into the unknown. Connecting to our calm center through Mindfulness makes us more accepting of the many changes that we’re confronting. It gives us a more present and balanced perspective.
We all yearn for a new era in which we come together in a more civil and unified society that is in harmony with our natural world. To make this happen, we must utilize Mindfulness to open our minds and more thoughtfully create a better future for ourselves and others.
To set out on a daily Mindfulness practice, begin with this brief but powerful meditation:
Meditation For Being In The Moment Of “Now”
- Find a quiet place to sit.
- Close your eyes.
- Feel yourself where you are right now.
- Note the room: acknowledge any sounds, thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and so on.
- Invite yourself to be present in your meditation.
- Tell yourself that it’s okay to let everything and everyone go.
- Put your focus and awareness onto your breath.
- Take a few deep breaths in and out.
- If your mind begins to wander at any time, bring your focus and awareness back to your breath, which will always bring you back to the present moment.
- Say silently, “I am in this moment of now.”
- Say silently, “Now is all there is.”
- Say silently, “I accept this moment I am in.”
- You can repeat this to yourself as many times as you wish.
- When you’re ready, slowly open your eyes.
- Be aware that you are still in the moment of “now,” and that there’s no need to rush out of it. Take your time to transition out of your meditation.
Ora Nadrich is founder and president of the Institute for Transformational Thinking and author of Mindfulness and Mysticism: Connecting Present Moment Awareness with Higher States of Consciousness, as well as Live True: A Mindfulness Guide to Authenticity — named among the “top 18 books on what an authentic life looks like” by PositivePsychology and “one of the 100 Best Mindfulness Books of All Time” by BookAuthority. She is a certified life coach and Mindfulness teacher, specializing in transformational thinking, self-discovery and mentoring new coaches. Learn more at oranadrich.com.