LIVE IN THE PRESENT MOMENT
BRAIN HEALTH | 8.22.2016 | BY KEVIN PEARCE
"The present moment is the only moment available to us and it is the door to all moments"
-Thich Nhat Hanh
On December 31, 2009, I experienced a severe traumatic brain injury. But ten days before that day, I sustained a concussion. We’ll never know if the concussion caused the severe TBI to be so bad, but research has shown the possibility of devastating consequences when a second TBI occurs prior to the brain fully healing from an initial TBI, even a mild one.
I use this story to illustrate the importance of being present. If I had been fully present prior to and on December 31, 2009, I may have been more aware and accepting of the fact that I had a concussion and needed to let it heal. Instead, I hid the concussion and put myself in a very risky situation.
Being present allows you to act wisely. You are better able to sift through a lot of information and arrive at the best decision. It is also an integral part of mental wellbeing. Focusing too much on the future can cause anxiety, but living in the past can trigger regret or sorrow. The present moment is the only thing that’s real.
One of the best tools I’ve found to be present is meditation. Check out my guided meditation, which offers a few minutes of peace and quiet, and allows you to live in the now.