Living In The Moment

    So February has flurried in – quite literally! With snow flurries all
    over Ibiza the first week of February… And it even settling in places!
    Whilst it may not be time to get your snowboard and salopettes out quite
    yet, it does show us that life is full of surprises!

    Whilst modern life conditions us to plan for the future, the fact of the
    matter is that the only constant is change. Living in the moment (or
    Mindfulness as it is known in Buddhist philosophy) encourages us to live
    on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgementally. This doesn’t mean
    spending hours contemplating your navel, it simply means becoming more
    aware of what you are doing: simply feeling more, thinking less.

    We live in a society that suffers from ‘time poverty’ so ‘hurry sickness’
    is rife. We fantasise about going on holiday and what we are going to do
    when we get there. And when we go on holiday, we worry about work and what
    we’re not doing there. We dwell on past mistakes and worry about problems
    of the future. Non-judgmental awareness offers an assortment of benefits
    including stress reduction, boosting the immune function, reduction of
    chronic pain, lowering blood pressure and reduction of the risk of heart
    disease, even helping patients to cope with cancer. Mindfulness may even
    slow the progression of HIV.

    People who live ‘Mindfully’ are happier, more confident, and can empathise
    better. They are also more accepting – of themselves and others. They have
    better relationships, cope better with negativity and have less bad
    habits. Mindfulness is the core of Buddhism, Taoism, Yoga and many
    Native-American traditions.

    Simply put, if you’re not in the moment, then you’re not there to know
    that you’re not there. It takes practice to awaken to the present moment.
    And intention. Give it a try… if not, you will never know the happiness
    of a moment until it becomes a memory. Enjoy every moment.

    Wishing you a great February and Essential Health and Happiness
    Emma PranaSol