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Focus In The Present

Learn to effectively focus in the present. To be “fully present” in the present.

As Jim Elliott put it, “Wherever you are, be all there.”

As you do, you learn a healing way of life. It supports the integration of your whole being.

Marissa had a lot of “holdovers from the past.”

She used to tell me that her thoughts always go into the direction of “flashbacks.” Of her past wounds, offenses, and abuses she experienced. 
In order to be more functional and avoid panic dwelling on her past,

Marissa learned to focus more on what’s happening right now.

At some point, she just have to let go of what she thought should happen and live in what is happening now.

As prescribed in her therapy sessions, she practiced 5 or 10 minutes each day of this “focus in the present” exercise below:

“Look around you for 5 or 10 minutes. Hear the beats of your heart. Listen to your breathing. Listen to the current sensations you’re experiencing – both inside and outside your body. Notice things around you – colors, shapes, textures etc. Practice looking at them without mentally judging, labeling, or describing them. As you move along, you may experience your mind wandering from present to past or future. If so, don’t be alarmed. Simply concentrate on your present environment. Breathe. As you do, have this self talk: “I am here now.” Repeat the affirmation about 15 times with pauses in between to allow its impact to sink into your psyche.”

If you do this “focus in the moment” exercise, ask these questions:

* Did you find it hard to stay and concentrated in the present?

* Did you tend to have thoughts still running about the past or future or both?

* What things did you notice when you were fully present?

“Live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find eternity in each moment.” — Henry David Thoreau


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