December 12th, 2017

[podcast] How to Enjoy Right Now #100

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This week we are talking about the joy and peace there is to be found in being fully present in RIGHT NOW. Mindfulness is kind of a buzz word these days, but what does it really mean? How can we practice being focused on the present moment when there is so much about the past that haunts us and so much about the future that causes us to worry?

Well, Jesus reminded us, “Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself. Sufficient for a day is its own evil.” (Matthew 6:34)

How can we do that, though? It’s so hard sometimes. share these three thoughts that can help:

1) STOP.
Build breaks into your day and give yourself moments where you can just BE and know that it is enough.

2) Pay attention to your thoughts.
Get in the habit of noticing when your thoughts leave the present moment and train yourself to keep reigning them back in.

3) Pay attention to noise.
What kind of “noise” do you allow in your life on a regular basis? TV, radio, social media, stress from news? Look for ways to insert more quiet and limit those kinds of “noise” that you have control of.

4) Redirect your thoughts.
Get in the habit of noticing when you think too much about the past or the future, and practice focusing on the present, even inside of your spiritual life and what you pray for.

5) Look for examples.
Do you know someone who is good at living in the moment? A friend or a child or a pet? Watch and learn!

We also heard lots of feedback and compassion for Kristen who shared about her miscarriage in last week’s episode. Maria even shared this photo of a certificate she received at her parish after having a “remembrance of commendation” ceremony in honor of the baby she had lost:


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