Being Present

So often, we allow ourselves to be swept up by overwhelming, disconcerting thoughts. We hyper analyze situations and become so entangled in a web of “what if” and “if only”, that we forget to notice what is going on now. As a result of these distractions, we may find ourselves feeling mired in a marsh of negativity. Unaddressed, this negativity could ultimately manifest as physical and/or psychological issues, or simply preclude us from paying attention to something beautiful that is happening right before us.

Being present certainly is not easy. In fact, due to human nature, it is impossible to be completely and perfectly present. Our brains are wired to reminisce on the past and to plan for the future. This capacity is wonderful, ideally allowing us to remember and therefore garner wisdom from our pasts which we can then apply to enrich and make the most of our futures. The pursuit of being present, of gathering control of our minds, is a constant journey. It takes practice and dedication. Sometimes powerful emotions such as guilt, shame, or anger will hijack our minds and catapult our brains into a caustic cycle of rumination that can take over.

You can choose to take more control of your mind, to minimize negative thoughts, and to be more present.

Mindfulness, “the deliberate and non-judgmental present-moment awareness of one’s own experience” (Black, 2015), can be your life jacket in the raging torrent of anxieties and insecurities that can dominate our thoughts in today’s fast-paced lifestyle. If you find yourself going through the motions, constantly preparing, maybe even bracing, yourself for the next moment, make the choice to take control of your well-being.  Stop struggling, and start choosing to empower yourself today.

Learn more about mindfulness in The Little Pocket Book of Mindfulness by Anna Black.


About the Author:  Danielle is a provisionally licensed mental health practitioner in Omaha, Nebraska. She is a sole proprietor at New Leaf Therapy Associates, LLC, and enjoys working with individuals and families.  Danielle utilizes trauma-informed techniques and mindfulness with her clients, helping them to feel empowered and more in control of their lives.
Phone: (402)980-6342

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