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Living from Moment to Moment

“Look at the sparrows; they do not know what they will do in the next moment. Let us literally live from moment to moment.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Often times, we find ourselves dwelling in the past or ruminating into the future. We find ourselves missing out on the small details of every moment. That is because we are not fully present or aware of what is happening for us right now.

When we dwell on the past, we find ourselves comparing our present moments to the past. Sometimes, we grieve over loss. Other times, we miss old friends and good times. We sometimes wonder if we can ever go back to how our lives used to be.

When we look toward the future, we may feel anxious. We may wonder why we are not manifesting good moments into our life right now. But the truth is that if you could just tune into the present moment, you can seek true happiness and fulfillment. When you are engaged fully into what is happening now, you can set yourself up for contentment.

Being fully present in the moment may take some practice. As children, we naturally knew how to live moment from moment. However as we grow older and get caught up with responsibilities dictated by society, we forget how to enjoy the present moment fully. It does not have to be this way though. You can relearn how to live in the present moment.

What it takes to live in the moment is to be fully aware of all that’s going on around you. You don’t have to focus on every single thing, but just notice where you are at the moment. Notice different things through your senses, such as the temperature of the room or how fast your breathing is. Learn how to embrace each moment at a time.

It’s easier said than done, not to dwell in the past or worry bout the future, but it’s also very doable when you persistently day after day focus on what is going on right at the moment. When you practice being conscious or aware of each moment, you lead a more fulfilling life, savoring every moment and truly engaging into what’s happening now.

Never Giving Up is Success

Everyone experiences ups and downs in life. What separates fulfilled people from unfulfilled people is the determination to never give up. It is the commitment to doing a little better than the day before. And even when we are feeling down or get sick in the process, we navigate around it (e.g. taking medicine or drinking soup when you’re sick) and get back up again.

Life is what you make out of it. Never giving up is a sign of success. It means continually working to making things better. It requires a bit of flexibility in your plans, going with the waves of chaos and order as they come and go. And you are equipped with this knowingness that you can handle anything that life has coming your way.

I am reminded of Thomas Edison. He had to go through hundreds upon thousands of failures before he came up with the light bulb. It required him to be persistent and patient. He learned to enjoy the journey rather than getting discouraged by how long it took.

Is there a certain area in your life that you struggle to maintain? It may take time to fix, and that’s okay. Acknowledge that the problem is there, and try to take it a day at a time to fix it. Approach that area (or those areas) with gentle curiosity and see if you can improve it one step at a time.

How to Practice Gratitude Daily

There are different ways in which you can express gratitude. Practicing gratitude on a daily basis can help you to keep a positive outlook on reality. It can motivate and inspire you to embark on new thrilling adventures of life. Here are just a few ways in which you can express gratitude.

Journaling or listing things you are grateful for

You can express your thanks through journaling. You can write it in a list format, or write it as a letter of thanks. You can also thank people in your life for various things, such as some clothes that someone bought for you or having certain people in your life that help boost your overall happiness.

Paying someone a compliment

You can pay compliments to anyone, whether it is family, friend, or stranger. Make sure that when you compliment, that you are genuine and it is coming from a place of love. Compliments can help improve other people’s moods and give them a boost of confidence. And in return, you most likely will receive a smile or a compliment yourself. It’s a good way to maintain a good bond with someone, as well as establish new connections with people.

Meditating

Meditating is a great way to not only stay in the present moment, but to give thanks. You can feel grateful for the body you possess or for having control over your life functions. For example, you can be thankful in the moment for having a body that automatically takes care of your breath or heartbeat. Living is a mysterious miracle. (;

Acts of service

Another way to practice gratitude is to give back to others. You can volunteer. Or, you can offer to help your friends and family with certain tasks, such as housework. When you act from a place of love, it is infectious and brings a smile to others’ faces too.

What is one thing that you are grateful for? Do you practice gratitude daily? Personally, I use a book called The Five-Minute Journal to track what I am grateful for on a daily basis. I use it for a few minutes in the morning and a few minutes before I head to bed. What do you do?

Which Path Do You Choose?

There are many different paths that you can tread on in life. Some paths are predictable. Other paths are full of mystery and adventure. Then, there are other paths that lead us to a life of destruction. The best paths are the ones that make you feel aligned and present in the now.

We don’t always go down the path that is best suited for us. Our identities and values guide us down certain paths. Sometimes, we tread on paths that clash against our values and ideas. But, that is okay. In every path, there is a hidden lesson. There is something we can learn from every path.

One shortcut to learning is through observing what others do while treading on various paths. When we meet new people or read books, we can learn about what kind of life it would be if we went forth on certain directions. And, we can avoid paths that do not align with our beliefs or our values.

I choose to tread on the path of abundance. Abundance means taking care of my health, being mindful, being genuine, and learning how to be independent. I pursue activities that make me feel whole and complete. On this path, I choose to love myself while expressing my love outwardly for others. I try my best to be conscientious of how others feel or respond. I commit to doing better every single day.

The path you may choose can be different, and that is okay too. Your path may be to be a minimalist. Or, you may choose the path of negativity. There is no right or wrong path. It just means that you’ve decided what is most important to you, and that you base your lifestyle and mindset around it.

Whatever path we are on speaks volumes about ourselves. Sometimes, the path was chosen for us (from our parents, from society, etc.). And other times, we choose to tread on a path that is not aligned with us. If you are feeling unsatisfied with the path you’ve chosen, maybe it’s time to reexamine your thoughts and your feelings. Figure out why you chose that path, and find the courage to pursue a more fulfilling path. This may require you to make a drastic change such as quitting your job and pursuing a business. Of course, you want to make sure that you transition smoothly as to not disrupt your life too drastically. Just remember, the power is in your hands. Whatever you choose to focus on is okay, so long as it is building your character up.

What it Means to Live a Vegan Lifestyle

Nowadays, it’s easy to live a vegan lifestyle. The reason I call it a lifestyle is because it involves more than just food. It requires you to be conscious of your food choices, your clothes selection, and even your car selections.

Just the other day, I went to Pure Sweets and Co. It is a vegan restaurant that supplies organic, kosher, and gluten-free foods. I ordered potato latkes with a little bit of what I believe to be hummus, tofu scramble, greens, and applesauce withBrazilian nut and coconut sugar white rose tea. And a while ago, I tried dragonfruit. It tasted sweet like a pear.

I like all sorts of animals. The dog that I want to have someday is a husky inu, though I would have to do some more research on it to figure out how to make it vegan dog food. According to PETA, it’s possible to have a vegan dog that lives for a long lifespan. I might get a dog sometime soon because I really love animals. And now that I know it’s possible to feed a dog vegan food, I will try to take care of it.

I started trying to live a vegan lifestyle due to health and ethical reasons. It can be a difficult transition, but it doesn’t have to be. And it is a good way to raise the consciousness of the planet and of yourself.

If you’re not used to being around animals, you can start small such as with a hamster. You can also try visiting a local cat of dog cafe if you have one in your area. I visited a dog cafe in Korea, and it was nice because they had dogs running around, and you could pet the different dogs while sipping on tea.

If you would like to have a dog, you should start by researching different breeds of animals. I don’t recommend going to a pet store to buy animals. It is better to visit a local dog shelter, or to find a dog breeder. Personally, I might consider finding a dog breeder.