7 Tips to start living in the Present

Forever is composed of nows ― Emily Dickinson

This is one of my favorite quotes. I’ve always believed that you have to focus to the moment you are living right now. Of course, you need some plans for the future and you are can dream of what you want to happen to your life but don’t get lost there. Life happens now.

Obviously, it makes no sense to stress out about the past. It is long gone and you cannot change it. And even if you could, would you truly want to? All the things that happened then shaped you and made you who you are. So, I believe that each and every experience that you have is priceless and this is why you have to concentrate to the present moment.

The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn the past, worry about the future, but live in the present moment wisely and earnestly. ― Buddha

Choosing to live in the past/ future robs you not only of the enjoyment of the present day, but also it robs you of truly living. The most important moment is the one you are living now, the present moment.

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If you would like to start living in the present but do not know where to begin, you could take this list in consideration:

1. Smile often

Peace begins with a smile ― Mother Teresa

You are in control of your attitude and thoughts, so start your day with a smile. Choose to be optimistic.

2. Dream big about the future but work hard now

Working hard today is the first step in realizing your dreams. Don’t let your dreaming replace your work for a good future.

3. Stop worrying

Avoid worrying about the future, try to savour the present and enjoy any moment of you day.

4. Forgive your past self

If you keep on thinking about a past mistake you will not be able to make a change in the present. Forgive yourself for what you did in the past and start concentrating on the present moment, you will feel better.

5. Be grateful

There are a lot of things that you could be grateful about. Gratitude help us appreciate and remember all the good things that come into our life. For example, you can practice being thankful for your feelings, for loved ones (family, friends), for what you have, for a gift you received, for who you are.

 6. Do one thing at a time

When walking, walk. When eating, eat. ― Zen Proverb

7. Learn to let go

Learn to let go of bad things and people who weight you down. Some people are toxic in your life. Learn to identify them and put some space between you and them.


It might seem difficult at first to learn to think positive but stay optimistic and take one step of a time. You’ll get there faster than you think.

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. Reba says:

    Aww! Love this list. I try to practice all of these but have to continuously remind myself. #7 is the hardest. Thanks for the post.

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    1. DoriCh says:

      Thanks! I’m happy that you like the list. I agree, #7 is really hard but not impossible. I think that in time, with patience everything can be accomplished 😊


  2. Thank you for this post! I sometimes like to think on the future that I forget to enjoy the present.

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    1. DoriCh says:

      Thank you for your comment! I think that we all like to think about the future from time to time but that is ok . The important thing is to realise what you are doing and when you are over doing it just try to let go a little at a time and enjoy what happens in the moment. It won’t be easy at first but it will get easier by time. 😊


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