How to Be Present and Live in the Moment

Bring back joy and satisfaction into your life by following these tips from author Rob Bell.

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The First Step to Living in the Present (2:44)

Are you consumed with worry for the future, or do you tend to dwell on the past? Does it feel like your life is at a standstill? If you’re struggling to live fully in the present, you may be stuck in a cycle of boredom, cynicism, or despair, or what Rob Bell, author of How to Be Here, describes as the three spiritual diseases. Get started on the path toward a healthier, happier you by taking the first step and letting go of self-judgment. Stop thinking that you can be “just” one thing – “just a mom,” “just a cashier,” or “just an average person.” Start each day with a moment of gratitude, which can help you gradually shift your thinking and consider what provokes you and give yourself permission to try new things. These exercises will help you rediscover your balance and ikigai, or what the Japanese refer to as the “reason for being.”

Print out this scorecard to remind yourself to stay focused on what’s currently in front of you and in your control.