My Memories are Missing.

Do you ever wake up in the morning, bewildered that you don’t remember what had happened at any given moment in time? I understand that for some, maybe this was because you had just gone drinking last night, we know how that story ends. That’s not the type of memory loss that I am referring to.

It just all struck me one day, I am the type of person to live solely in the future. I am constantly planning, and doing things to better my life for the future.

The scariest vision I had was of me 40 years down the line living a life with no real memories.

How is that possible?

If my mind is focused on anything but what’s right in front of me, then I am not present. If I had to recall a memory, all I would have then would be my thoughts and nothing else.

The quality of life is measured by the experiences we go through. Memories define us, they shape us, they move us.

Unfortunately in our fast paced world it is hard to stay grounded because of all the noise. You know what I’m talking about, imagine you’re attending a birthday party. When it comes time to blow out the candles look around and watch as everyone starts pulling out their phones to record and post to their social media accounts instead of just taking everything in about the moment.

How do you start living in the moment?

  1. Stop thinking. This is so hard, but every time you get sucked into your thoughts, make an effort to spring into action instead.
  2. Use your senses; smell, hear, taste, see everything that is in front of you.
  3. Focus on your breathing. When you do this, even when there are thoughts you can go back to your breathe and it will bring you back into the now.
  4. State what you are doing as you are doing it.

Ex: I am writing an article on medium.com right now. ;)

To Being Here,

Alice