Awareness is something most of us take for granted. Our thoughts are rarely in the present. What we think is typically about past events or future directed.

Think about it. When going about your day, your mind is usually thinking about things that have already happened, or just happened…or you’re thinking about what to do next.

By living in the past or in the future you’re missing out on THE NOW. And NOW is what counts. I love the quote by the wise sage Oogway in the movie “Kung Fu Panda” who says, “Yesterday is history, tomorrow a mystery, today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the Present.”

The problem is we forget how to be in the present moment, how to live in the now. What gets in the way is life. Stress, deadlines, obligations, worry, guilt, overwhelm. Just about anything and everything in your life…the stuff you’ve chosen to think about consistently…hinders your ability to live in the present.

It’s time to stop the insanity. It’s time to get calm and focused and to live life to our fullest potential.

One of the most simplest ways to become aware is through meditation. There are several easy meditation techniques for beginners to help you live in the now.

A great place to start is with your breath. Relax. Take a slow, deep breath. Relax your body. Allow the breath to fill your lungs. Center your thoughts on nothing else. Simply repeat inhaling and exhaling slowly, eyes closed, for a couple minutes. The point is to be present as you’re doing this. It’s not a marathon. And for many folks this will be challenging because the mind will have a tendency to wander, to get distracted by a thousand different thoughts.

Make meditation a daily part of your life. You can do it when you awake in the morning, during a break at work, before bed, literally anytime you choose. This quick meditation technique for beginner works wonders to help you live in the moment. Remember, today is gift. That’s why it’s called The Present.