Be present. Live in the moment. These platitudes are a reminder that most of us plan for and anticipate the future without appreciating what’s going on in the current moment. Whether you spend your days dreaming about what’s for dinner or occupy too much time worrying about upcoming meetings and presentations, take a moment to learn how to become mindful and turn your personal and professional anxieties into non-entities.
Stop and take a long, deep breath. Close your eyes if necessary.
Did that seem a bit like meditation? Good, because that’s the point. For skeptics, meditation is much more than sitting cross-legged and taking deep breaths in a quiet setting. Meditation is meant to clear your mind and bring you back to the current moment. With frequent practice, you’ll be well on your way to focusing on the present.
When you think about the past or the future, what emotions do you experience? Fear, embarrassment, anxiety, anger, and other negative feelings can easily bubble up to the surface when our minds get away from us, and those emotions can impact the way we treat ourselves and others.
When you mindfully live in the present with gratitude for the past and hope for the future, it’s easy to be kind to yourself and those around you. Whether that means patting yourself on the back for a job well done or praising others for their contribution to your project, company, or life as a whole, kindness is contagious - pass it on.
Take a moment to relax your jaw, let your tongue fall from the roof of your mouth, and let your shoulders fall away from your ears. Feel any better?
Most of us don’t realize the stress we hold onto throughout the day, and that stress is exacerbated by thoughts of what will happen tonight, tomorrow, this month, and so on. By practicing awareness, you’ll decrease stress and be better able to perform the task at hand.
Feeling equipped to take on the present? We are too. With flexible offices furnished with dog patios, outdoor gardens, meditation rooms, fully-stocked kitchens, and so much more, Cross Campus has the goods to get you back on track. Schedule a free tour at any of our Los Angeles shared office spaces to look into a coworking membership today.