Jan 12, 2016 · 4 minute read

By: Alba Lanuza

Living in the present moment sounds like something we do every day, but the truth is that we spend most of our time drifting away from the “here and now.”

How many times have you found yourself revising the list of tasks for the day while having a conversation with a coworker? Or maybe you were caught up ruminating on an argument you had early in the day, or even days ago. How many meals have you eaten in a rush without tasting the food?

These things are normal for most people; we have busy lives. Being present is more complicated than you think, but not doing it is seriously damaging your life and it prevents you from enjoying your daily tasks.

Here are three simple things that you are missing out:

  • Having quality time with family and friends.

  • Engaging in activities to relieve your stress.

  • Enjoying time alone doing things that you love.

Wouldn’t it be great to have more time for all that?

Sadly, the day only has 24 hours.

The good news is that there is a simple way that only takes between 5 to 20 minutes per day to achieve this. And I want to share it with you. Are you ready?

How I make the best of the time I have

I want to talk about how meditating will help you to slow down and enjoy your life better. Maybe you have heard it around because it has become quite popular, but that is because it truly works.

Since I started meditating, my life-quality has been boosted tremendously. I am more focused on my project and the time I spend with others; it is a real pleasure. I don’t have problems to find the flow to write and my level of anxiety has been reduced. I no longer feel pushed by the rush of our world.

The majority of people believe that meditation is just a way to find “enlightenment” and achieve a zen state. However, the truth is that it brings more awareness and consciousness to your life, which is translated with some practice into more quality time.

The key is making room for yourself.

Take 10 to 20 minutes every day to reflect on how your body is feeling, what your emotions are and what you can perceive around you. It is a healthy habit to rest your mind, and it brings some quietness during the day.

The same way we workout to take care of our body, we should meditate or pray to prevent stress, anxiety and other problems that creep up on us.

Meditating has helped me to be more aware about everything around me, and here are some of the benefits you can achieve too.

The benefits of being present

When you are hungry, eat. When you are tired, rest. When you are thirsty, drink. It seems obvious, right? But how many times have you skipped lunch because you needed to finish something? How many hours of sleep have you sacrificed due to a project?

Having a constant awareness of the here and now prevents you from ignoring things that are vital. It can be applied to the primary needs like eating or having a good sleep, but it also affects many other areas.

The way you relate to others: If you are talking to somebody, pay attention to the conversation instead of letting your mind fly away to other things. You will find it easier and it will make you a better listener. That translates into more quality conversations and enjoying better the moments you spend around others, from a quick talk to vacations.

This will help you to put down the phone.

Your productivity: Being present will help you to identify the priorities of your life and will set proper boundaries. You will clearly see what is important and what is not depending on the moment. If you are working, it helps you to stay focus instead of opening Facebook each time a thought comes across your mind. On the other hand, if you arrive home and get an e-mail, you will be able to let it go until tomorrow.

That way everything keeps organized and you can give 100% of your attention to what is happening now.

Happiness: By having a conscious mind your joy will increase. Memories will be in the past and the problems that haven’t arrived yet won’t be bothering you that much. You will be present and that will allow you to really experience the things that are right in front of you.

Maybe you cannot make more time for the things you love, but I promise you that the hours you spend on your hobbies, family and friends, or even alone, will be worth it. For me, it has made it easier to focus on my writing career while working as a freelancer and studying. During the time I spend doing something, I am giving it full attention. Meditation helped me to achieve peace, be clearer about my goals and feel fulfilled and happier by giving just 15 minutes each day. But the greatest benefit of being present is experiencing your life effusively in every possible way.


Alba Lanuza
Alba Lanuza is a passionate young woman who decided to stop dreaming about writing and start being a writer. She was born in Spain and has moved around quite a bit; traveling is one of her favorite things to do, together with reading, eating chocolate and writing to make this world a little better. She writes at The Awakening, her personal project, and depression is her particular monster. Get in touch at @AlbaLnz.