10 Positive Ways to Freely Live In The Moment Without Internal Conflict
If you had only a little time left to live, how would you spend it? If you had to live like there’s no tomorrow, what would you do? Certainly, your answers to these questions may not include distractions that life can sometimes involve. You may probably choose to enjoy living and enjoying every moment.
As humans, we may create much of our lives to revolve around the past or the future. We may dwell so much on memories and what could have been that we may even feel guilt or regret. We may constantly prepare and look forward to what may be. We may hardly spend enough quality time to just sit, breathe, and take in the present moment.
Do not despair. Even through the looming pandemic and its effects, it is important to be able to not only stay vigilant about surviving and protecting yourself and your loved ones but to live in the moment by creating and enjoying good times responsibly and safely. Your mind can be like a prison if you allow it, or you can decide that you will freely exercise your thoughts and manage your emotions without feeling inner conflict. Freely living in the moment has great rewards, which can include:
Eliminating Worries: The past is gone; the future, we cannot control with absolute or predictable certainty. Dwelling (negatively) on the past or future can bring worries, anxiety, and distractions. The awareness of today, in this present moment, can calm your heart from worrying and bring you peace of mind.
Making Life More Enjoyable: Events of life occur in moments. So, the best way to deal with what life has in store is to live in the moment and experience life as it is happening. Living in the moment makes tasks easier to solve. We can appreciate the good, and life can be more enjoyable when we live in the moment. Be (more) aware of your positive thoughts and emotions and don’t rush to ignore them when you are enjoying and living in the moment.
How do you live in the moment?
Below are 10 positive ways to live in the moment without internal conflict:
1. Meditation: The history of meditation dates as far back as ancient Hinduism. It is also mentioned in several places in the Holy Bible. Meditation is focusing your mind on your breathing or a particular subject at a time. Meditation creates an awareness of one’s internal state, external environment, and current emotions. Meditation compels you to stay in the now and enjoy life in the present moment. Positive affirmation can also accompany meditation. To get the best out of meditation, you must set aside a time and suitable venue, away from the interference of other people or other distractions to attain balance, harmony, and peace.
2. Nature Walks & Scenery: Nature walks help you focus on the beauty of nature around and inside of you. These walks help for observation and mindedness of how many little and big things make up our world. For some people, the sight and sound of a cascading waterfall may bring them inner peace to enjoy at the moment. For others, the feel of a gentle breeze against their face or canoeing on a calm lake helps them to feel free to live in and enjoy the moment. To live in the moment, take walks or hikes around the nature around you. Notice the beautiful colors and wonders. Take note of how your body responds to the walk and the joy that beauty begets in you. Be (more) aware of your surroundings, take a deep breath, take some deliberate time, and appreciate the beauty of nature.
3. Mindful Body Scan & Physical Awareness: A mindful body scan and awareness of your physical state can keep you in touch with your body in the present moment. It involves taking stock of your entire body, from the soles of your feet to the crown of your head, and freely appreciating parts of your body that are in optimal health. In a mindful body scan, you use your five senses to process how your body functions and do not take for granted parts of your body that function well. You can do this while lying down (preferably early in the morning before beginning your day). Feel and appreciate your heartbeat, your pulse rate, the breath that goes in and out of your nostrils, and every little good thing you can feel without inner conflicting feelings. Appreciate the feel and texture of the food on your tongue. Soak up the deep euphoric state of a runner’s high after your workout where your body releases “feel good” hormones called endorphins. Live in the moment and freely embrace and feel invigorated and alive in the moment during a long and relaxing bath and/or during a long, loving, and snug hug of a loved one.
4. Gratitude: Being grateful helps you stay in the moment of the good deed and freely acknowledge it. Gratitude brings happiness and fulfillment to you and other people. A habit of constant gratitude creates a positive atmosphere of conscious and deliberate effort to always find the good in all situations. Expressing gratitude can also build your relationship with your Higher Power, spouse, children, parents, family members, co-workers, and even strangers. Being grateful for life makes you focus on all the positivity of the present. A daily gratitude journal, prayer, and sharing your feelings of gratitude with others are ways to build the habit of having gratitude in the moment.
5. Smile: A smile is said to mean more than many words. Smiling helps you live in a moment of happiness, fulfillment, and enjoyment. Science has shown that because we smile when we’re happy, our brain connects smiling to being happy. So, when we smile, we communicate happiness to ourselves (and others). Smile right now even if you do not feel like it and appreciate that you can. Smile to yourself in the mirror. Smile at a waitress or random stranger. There is no reason for you to feel inner conflict when you smile and are living in the moment of good things happening for you and others.
6. Exercise: A positive way to live in the moment without internal conflict is exercising. Exercising focuses your mind on the movements the body performs in the moment. Exercise also steers your mind away from internal conflict and controls your thoughts. Exercise regimes including breathing control exercises, yoga, stretching, and aerobic exercises bring your attention to the present. Exercise can reduce stress and help you clear your mind so you can feel free to live in the moment of improving your health.
7. Random Acts Of Kindness: Spontaneous and random acts of service help you live in the present moment, where your spontaneous action toward another person is your focus. These acts of service help you stop for a moment, remove your focus from all that is happening in your everyday life, and do something nice for someone else. Acts of kindness can help to bring you and others genuine joy.
8. Compartmentalize Your Non-Immediate Issues: Worries about what was and what may be is an enemy against living in the moment. Saying “Don’t worry” is not enough to keep you from worrying. A way to stop worrying and live in the moment is to compartmentalize all your worries. Make a list of worries or issues and write them down them according to worries you can fix and those you have no control over. Those you can fix, make an action plan, and take steps to fix them later and after you create time to enjoy the good people, places, and things in your present moment. For things you have no control over, make a conscious effort to quit worrying about them. Your mind can only think of one thought at a time. Find your calm and peaceful mental place and focus on the good place or space you are currently at mentally. Compartmentalizing and setting aside your worries and placing them in their proper perspective and order can help to bring you in touch with your current internal state and give you clarity in the moment. If you find your mind drifting or becoming distracted, re-focus on the moment at hand or in thought and replace any negative or distracting thoughts with the good that is currently going on. If you are of sound mind with no external manipulation, then your thoughts are what you have control over.
9. Declutter: Clutter can be bad for your physical health when it comes to trip hazards and accidents; mental clutter can also cloud your mind and hinder you from living in the moment. Declutter your personal space at home and work. Throw out what is not needed, give out whatever is in excess, and keep only necessary items. Mentally decluttering is a relaxing activity that frees your space and mind from distractions to freely enjoy basking and living in the moment. It is possible for some people to operate well in physical and mental clutter because they have effectively learned to focus, re-focus, and master their thoughts, emotions, and internal and external influences.
10. Practice Self-Love And Forgiveness: How many times have you told yourself, “I just love me some ME”? And, not in a vain or arrogant way that makes you feel inner conflict if you do not behave as if you love yourself? Practicing self-love is loving the person you are in the present. It is also protecting yourself from negative energy from other people, politely declining any engagement that negatively affects you, and maintaining an assertiveness of what's best for you. Holding grudges and having never-ending regrets for your past errors can drag you down, keep you living in the past, and make you continually dwell on what happened that you cannot go back and change. With forgiveness, you let go of the past, learn, embrace the present, and do what you can to live in the present moment without self-conflict. Practicing forgiveness teaches you patience and how to accommodate human flaws, including your own. Forgiving and loving yourself helps you to accept and move past all your errors and wrong decisions so that you can embrace the man or woman you are and fully live in the moment.
Life can be filled with day-to-day issues. It may feel like just when you feel like you’ve solved some of your major life issues, others may arise out of nowhere. You may be tempted to feel inner turmoil and self-conflict if you do not stop everything that you’re doing to address your problems.
However, if you or your loved ones are not in imminent danger or your life problems are non-immediate, then it is more than okay to deliberately slow down or stop to enjoy good people, pleasant experiences, good life lessons, and good times in the moment without feeling guilt or internal conflict. Learning to live in the moment peacefully or joyously and without feeling inner conflict can help you to brighten your day, brighten the day of others, elevate your mood, vibration, and improve your mental wellness and health, all-year-round.