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7 Ways to Live in the Moment

Discover peace of mind by focusing on the here and now. It’s easier than you think!

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— Dirk Rees/Corbis

Be patient. Though living in the moment may be the key to happiness, it takes time and ten thousand baby steps to begin to wrangle the often fearful, restless mind. Give yourself credit for practicing. As you become increasingly adept at opening to the present without trying to change it, you’ll discover that whether the moment is difficult or joyful, it will pass in a flash—followed by the next moment and the next. As the poet Emily Dickinson wrote, “Forever is composed of nows.”

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