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How to live in the present

Updated: Aug 20, 2021

Hi, everyone!

Happy Thursday!

Happy summer and holiday if you have it.


Today, I will write about how to live in the present. I got the inspiration after reading Fabian's blog (https://www.su-re.co/post/why-choreographers-are-researchers) and answering his question about a moment when we stopped achieving something because of overthinking. So, I remember when I had training for the Patriot Energy program around five years ago. This program is from Ministry and Energy and Mineral Resources. We would live in a remote village and monitor the renewable energy project—one person for one village.


One of the training sessions was about how to live in the present. It was my first time hearing and knowing that topic. I love to do multitasking works, and my friends say that I'm good at multitasking. However, personally, I think I do not do multitasking. I do how to shift our works swiftly. Besides, I love to simulate my works in my mind, including simulating what the result is. For example, I will simulate the best and worst scenarios after doing something or simulate my future days. I am ENTJ and choleric, so I need to know the result and prepare everything in my mind. Sometimes, when I drove my scooter, I got lost without realizing that I chose the wrong way. It was because I had so many things in my mind. I didn't realize that I might be overthinking all the time.


In that training, we learned how to think and live in the present. We don't need to think about the past and future too much since we don't live in the past or future. The trainer assisted us to have a walk without any shoes, close our eyes and feel everything that we touch. He said that there are some ways to focus and live in the present. One of them is by doing sport. So, a few years ago, I tried archery. I did not do many sports, only badminton, taekwondo, jogging, and futsal. When I watched movies with wars or fights scenes, I thought they were so cool, so I wanted to try archery.



If you check this link (https://www.nfaausa.com/2015/09/top-5-health-benefits-of-archery/), you will find that archery will give you the top five health benefits. But I want to highlight the first point: Improve your focus. Remaining focused during a shot is the key point in this sport. An archer must focus on their target, focus on their form, ignore all distractions from their surrounding, and think only about their target. By constantly being focused, this sport can help us to focus and keep calm in every situation. If you already read one of our CEO's blogs (https://www.su-re.co/post/review-why-you-need-to-do-excise-to-be-smart), you will know that exercise is important.


I can always remember to live in the present through this sport and not think about the past and future too much. I found this article (https://medium.com/darius-foroux/stop-overthinking-and-live-in-the-present-214786c78745), and you can find some tips to overcome your overthinking and help you to live in the present. First, this article explains how to define your positive and negative thoughts and not to follow all your thoughts. Then, the best way to not follow all your thoughts is by living in the present. There are some tips, such as raise your awareness, observe your thoughts, and limit your thinking only to specific (current) moments.


I also found this article (https://positivepsychology.com/present-moment/) and love how it explains the importance of living in the present till 35 exercises to live in the present. We need to use present moment awareness to stop worrying and overthinking. Besides, there are some tips to balance our past, present, and future and how to live in the present but can plan the future. I remember the trainer of my training that I mentioned before taught us how to focus on our breath. If you have an apple watch, you should know that there will be a notification to take breathe. Breathe app aims to give us a moment to breathe mindfully. It will help us to more focus as well.



So, my question is do you have any moments when you feel that you need to live in the present?


Thank you for reading! ^^

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Oktavianna Winda
Oktavianna Winda
Sep 09, 2021

Nyepi in Bali is one of those moments. Also when I look up at the sky, it reminds me to be present.

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amandaramadhani
amandaramadhani
Sep 08, 2021

I think watching sunrise or sunset really makes me feel like I live in the present :)) Thanks for sharing!!

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Shadrina Ramadhani
Shadrina Ramadhani
Aug 25, 2021

similar to fabian's experience, I think most of the time when I am on stage while dancing, I could feel the thrill and had to be extra focus but at the same time I'm enjoying the moment. Other times probably when I had given the spotlight to speak to audience, like when I have to do presentation or something alike

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Mako S
Mako S
Aug 24, 2021

This is something that is totally relatable to me. I've been doing Japanese archery, Kyudo( one of the martial arts) for more than5 years at school. Sometimes at practices, when I really have nothing in my mind and just do as my body moves, my condition is pretty well and I can hit the target more likely than those of other times I'm distracted by other tasks or thoughts. It's like a mental training to me to practice Kyudo:) Even I'm practicing Kyudo on a daily basis, it's actually super tough to concentrate on one task in real life. Personally, working with a group of people enables me to get focused and disciplined rather than working on my own.

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That is the fundamental goal, so I try to be at the present anytime. Buddhist term of heaven is being present

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