TO LIVE IN THE PRESENT IS TO PAY ATTENTION TO OUR EMOTIONS AND LEARN ABOUT THINGS THAT MATTER MOST FOR OUR FULFILLMENT.
It is the twinges and pings of subtle emotions that help us to navigate through to personal and interpersonal effectiveness in our lives. To live in the present is to pay attention to our emotions and learn about things that matter most for our fulfilment. A pang there could be drawing our attention to the fact that we are not spending enough time with our family or that we should have personally engaged with a spouse or client instead of leaving a voice message. To heed these subtle signals inspires us to make needed adjustments to stave off bigger or chronic problems. But heart-rending feelings point to major problems.
Hearing subtle emotional messages over other matters seeking for our attention requires practice until one becomes very mindful of subject emotional cues.
Noticing feelings in the parts of our body used to numb emotions in the early part of our beginnings, is common. For tightly pressing both lips together to avoid experiencing anger and straining the eyes to suppress pain and avoid crying, we often feel those emotions about the eyes and mouth.
To cultivate the habit of active awareness, frequently take some of the time to focus on the lower and upper parts of your body. Practicing consistently helps one to identify some feelings in most parts of the body. Endeavour to become aware of the range of feelings that interpenetrates your consciousness, and then, hold an overall feeling state for two to five minutes.To continue learning more about yourself and the things that matter most to you, select one or two distinct emotions and focus on them during your exercise. Subsequently, return promptly to your physical activities after feeling the emotions as long as you can. Being aware of our emotions and thus, to live in the present rather than rehashing them and their limiting thought system, and living in the past, enables us to function more productively and creatively.