Just for Today - Living In The Present
Each of the five Reiki principles begins with "Just for Today”. This phrase encourages us to live in the moment and be aware of what is going on around us. Our brains were designed to keep us alive. Part of this task is to constantly be alert for threats; real and imagined. Those threats are found in the past, present and future.
Living in the present forces us to live in the Now which is the only time over which we have control. Living in the present gives opportunities for appreciation and wonderment, to truly experience whatever we are doing at any given moment.
It is a Buddhist precept - being Mindful. In other words, having our mind right here, right now, We do not allow our thoughts to wander into memories of time gone by or imaginings of time to come. Focusing on the past and/or future invites worry and anger. “Just for Today” brings consciousness to the moment where we can project gratitude and compassion.
All ages can learn and benefit from Mindful practices. Learning to live “Just for Today” helps us to become more focused, calm, in control, and self-aware. By practicing mindfulness, people can learn to become more aware of their own thoughts, feeling, sensations, and the environment around us.
Mindful practices to try; both for adults and children:
Quietly color. Tell children and yourself that if they’ve made a mistake, just to breathe and move on. Mindfulness is about just letting the experiences pass us by without making judgements about them.
2. Connect with Nature:
Take a ten minute nature walk. Encourage children and yourself to breathe in fresh air and experience the outdoors. While out there, look around and take in the environment with your senses.
3. Mindfulness 5-4-3-2-1:
This is a good grounding technique for all. This is an especially great activity to help kids manage anxiety or anger. Look around at the current surroundings and find five things you can see, four things you can touch, three things you can hear, two things you can smell, and one thing you can taste. By completion of this time, all will be more present and calm.