Simple Ways To Seize The Precious Moments

Editors Note: This is a guest article by Anila Dhami who also writes her own blog here.

In the words of author Paulo Coelho ‘With every step we take, we arrive.’

When I uttered these words to a companion, she replied ‘why make things complicated?’ But the irony lies in her rhetorical question because in fact I had made things simpler. It is the human mind, governed by social constructs, governed by the man-made concept of time that complicates things.

Let me put forth another quotation that exemplifies why I had simplified things for her:

‘If you are depressed, you are living in the past.
If you are anxious, you are living in the future.
If you are at peace, you are living in the present.’

– Lao Tzu

This quotation exemplifies how the human mind is constantly governed by temporality. We are either thinking about what we could have done better, the missed opportunities and feeling nostalgic for a past that is now nothing but a memory. Or we are, everyday, running towards a long-term goal; aspiring to be more than what we already are. We fail to realise that every step we take is fulfilling a goal on that journey.

In an age of advanced technology, living in the present is becoming more so of a challenge. When we are with friends, we take pictures to upload onto Facebook, Twitter, Instagram – we are not really present or fully enjoying the moment. It is of course imperative to aspire, achieve and attain ones goals.

But rarely do we sit and say to ourselves ‘acknowledge this moment because it will be gone in exactly a moment.’ Every so often we should take time to live for the now because before we know it, the now we have past and we will once again be looking back at what we did not do.

Nobody knows what the future holds. You can save all of your money for a rainy day but if that rainy day never comes, you missed a lifetime of days when the sun was shining. So, how does one live in the moment, enjoy the sunshine and save for a rainy day you ask? Here are a few scenarios to help you live in the now:

One of the most common things we do on a daily basis is commute. You are waiting for the tube. It is arriving in 3 minutes. Don’t stand there counting the minutes and seconds on the clock. Focus on yourself. Focus on your thoughts. Congratulate yourself – you have just brought yourself back to the present moment!

You are sitting on a 45 minute journey on the train. Rather than thinking about your destination, what you will do when you arrive or planning meetings, look out of the window and simply enjoy the view.

Looking at the sky and scenery is calming and you are taking notice of the world in its present moment. If you are on the underground, think about yourself – you are here, in this moment, because of a life full of achievements. Be proud of yourself!

Run yourself a bubble bath rather than a quick shower. Showers are great in the morning before work but a soak in the bath is great for relaxing after a long day. Many people are ‘too busy’ to relax in the bath but it is the perfect retreat for some ‘me’ time.

And the simplest advice – put your phone away whilst with your friends! Engage in conversation with them and enjoy spending time with them because the moment will pass but Facebook, Twitter and Instagram will still be there!

If you are mindful of the things you are doing without automatically carrying out activities, you will automatically enjoy the sunshine on those rainy days. Carpe Diem!

Anila Dhami is a journalist and presenter, and is currently studying a Masters in Philosophy and Literature. She is founder of blog and broadcasts on her own YouTube Channel.

21 Responses

  1. Chu Nam says:

    That is great feel when I look about when going my home, I just want to know how about people happening their life. I stop worry about future and focus on what I can do right now to make my goal become true. I stop work to go shopping .

    • Amit Sodha says:

      Hey Chu, thank you so much for leaving your thoughts. I’ll make sure Anila responds to you also.

      Great to hear your thoughts. Are there specific moments you use to stop and pay attention to the now? To be now?


    • Anila Dhami says:

      Hi Chu,

      Thank you for taking the time to read this article and for your comment. It is great that you stop and take heed of the present moment; and that you feel great from doing so! That proves that these are not just theoretical suggestions that I have included in this article but suggestions that do work in practice!

      Indeed, focusing on what you can do right now will lead up to a goal and ensures that you are not worrying about the future ‘with every step we take we arrive’ – it seems like you are practicing seizing the moment well! Retail therapy is, for some people, another wonderful way of living in the present, reducing worries and enjoying the moment.

      – Anila

  2. Meditation is a great way to reduce the amount of thoughts you have and enjoy the now.


    • Amit Sodha says:

      Hey Craig, awesome to hear from you and so good to hear your take on the subject. What else do you do to seize those precious moment and make the most of them?


    • Anila Dhami says:

      Hi Craig,

      Thank you for taking the time to read this article and for your comment. Indeed meditation is another great way of enjoying the now. It makes oneself present as focusing on one’s breathing creates calm and enables oneself to truly exist in the moment.

      – Anila

  3. Amit Sodha says:

    Hey Anila, Thank you so much for writing me a guest article. It’s a lovely piece and written so well with some great tips. I definitely do not think you were making anything more complicated! It’s one of the most simplistic statements I’ve heard and so true too. It’s imperative in such a rush/manic society that we do stop. It has become more important now than ever! In fact, many of the larger corporations actually encourage this kind of thinking into work ethic because they now know how important it is for us humans to be still.

    Thank you again! 🙂


    • Anila Dhami says:

      Thank you Amit – I am honoured that you asked me to write for your blog and equally so that you enjoyed my writing!

  4. Milan Bakrania says:

    Amazing post Anila, Thank You!
    It’s funny how easy it is for the mind to get carried away into the past or future. I feel there’s a tendency to be addicted to one’s past story. If it’s a bad one then that throws up reams of regret which stops a person from living fully in the moment. It’s better to forgive the past and allow the future to unfold!
    Hope to read more of your work soon.

    • Amit Sodha says:

      Hey Milan, it’s awesome to hear from you! I’ll make sure Anila finds out you left a comment. I hope you hand family are all well 🙂


    • Anila Dhami says:

      Hi Milan,

      Thank you for the comment! It is true, some find it difficult to reconcile with their past and some remain anxious about the future when really we just need to take one step at a time and truly live in the moment for that is the only part of time that we have any involvement with. Thus, by taking each step at a time and fulfilling what we can right now, whatever we do now will inevitably create the future we aspire to attain.


  5. Jared says:

    This is a wonderful article. I, too, write about being more aware of the present moment at and I appreciate your take on it. I especially like the idea about being mindful so that you can notice the sunshine, rather than just getting caught up in our day to day actions.

    • AnilaDhami says:

      Hi Jared,

      Thank you for the comments! I had a read of your blog and particularly enjoyed your ‘Progress Before Perfection’ – great advice on how to make a big task surmountable!


  6. Mark Bliss says:

    Too many of us are in a hurry to move on to the next thing in our lives and forget that the only time you have any power to do anything in your life is in the NOW. Your past, present and future happens in the NOW. If you live in the NOW at all times you can free yourself from excuses and pains and just begin to enjoy just being here.

    “Here’s to all your success”

  7. Valuable post, thank you. I have been doing meditation (Anapana) the last year and it has helped me a lot.

  8. Clara Wells says:

    An excellent post Amit. I really enjoyed reading it. Now a days in a busy life, everyone is running after some useless things. But forget about the small happiness that makes us feel living.
    Thanks for this lovely post.

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