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Great list Dani. I think living in the moment is probably one of our greatest challenges after learning how to detach from outcomes. Actually, the two kind of go hand in hand. We live in such an achievement driven society, that we are always planning for the future and thinking about the future. I think that is why surfing has been such a therapeutic thing for me because when you want to catch waves you can't really be thinking about anything else or you'll wipe out every time. Thanks for sharing and hope you have a great 4th of July.

wow. what an awesome list!! I love all the ideas-like look up at the sky and describe it...

Amaing list, Dani. I have a list like this somewhere. Handwritten because I actually made it 8 or so years ago. Will have to look for it one of these days. :)

#35 - Lie outside in the sun for a few hours was on my agenda anyways, but #100 was not (Call someone just to say "I love you.").

Excuse me, but I have to go make a call (or 2 or 3...why limit myself?).

Srinivas - Thanks! I'm glad you like it. It's definitely hard for me to live in the moment a lot of the time, but I'm working on it (and getting better at it every day!). It sounds like surfing is a great way to spend time in the moment.

Brandi - Thank you! When I read the book called The Girl With the Pearl Earring there was a passage about how many colors are in the sky. When we think about clouds, for example, we think white or gray, but when you really look at them there are so many different shades in them. It's quite amazing acutally!

Meream - Thanks! You should find your list. I'd love to hear what ideas you wrote down!

Lori - Haha, great! Don't limit yourself! :) Call everyone you love up and tell 'em you love 'em. :)

Hi Dani

I love this. :-)
For me to live in the moment is when I am riding my horse or when I am watching my little boy having fun.
Thanks for sharing.
Giovanna Garcia
Imperfect Actionis better than No Action

Hi Dani .. lovely list .. I'd add smell the flowers .. something my Mum loves to do; watch the waves if you life by the sea; watch all sorts of nature .. you left off one of yours .. lying in the grass watching the bats in the twilight ..

have a wonderful Independent week ..and thanks for the excellent 100 ideas ...
Hilary Melton-Butcher
Positive Letters

4-Look up at the sky and describe it.
70-Kiss someone sweetly on the cheek.

Hey Dani ;)

Those two are my favourites!
Nice list, its always hard to come up with 100 ways to do something:)

I'd say one of the better ways to be present is to listen to all your senses. What are you seeing, hearing,smelling, tasting and touching. As soon as you become aware of these things you automatically become more present and just feel happy:D

Have a rockin' day!
Diggy

#101: Leave a comment on a friend's blog just to remind her how awesome she is, and to thank her for making the world a better place...both through her blog and just being herself.

Thank you, Dani.

Hi Dani. Great list; the fruits of your labour while focusing on being IN the moment. The joker in me wants to come out to play now. I have no idea why, but when I was reading your list I was thinking about being in the moment and for some odd reason, found myself thinking about plucking my eyebrows. Weird, I know! But it happened. Now that would keep you in the moment wouldn't it? And when you're done, you'll have a lot of present moments that lead up to some perfectly shaped eyebrows :-)

I hope you had a great 4th of july, dani! I bet you rocked that bikini, too. ; )

I did #58 last night -- went to bed at 9, and woke up {naturally} at 5:38 this morning! What a treat to listen to my body like that. Great list.

I would add: Listen to a child's laughter.

Giovanna - I used to ride horses too and I loved it! I've thought about taking it up again and I think that would be a great way to stay in the moment.

Hilary - Oh, yes, the bats! How could I forget that one! I do love to watch them soar at twilight. And you've made some good suggestions about smelling flowers and looking at nature. I'm such a city girl sometimes that I forget those outdoorsy things are great ways to live in the moment.

Diggy - #4 seems to be a popular one! Check out my response to Brandi's comment to see where I got that one. Listening with all of your senses is a great idea. I actually use that one when I'm trying to fall asleep and I can't stop thinking about something. When you focus on all of your senses, it really brings you back into the moment.

Jay - Awww, thank YOU, Jay, for leaving that nice comment! It definitely brightened my day. :)

Davina - That's a great one, actually! When I'm plucking my eyebrows I'm totally focused on what I'm doing and I'm getting up very close and personal with my face (which could be another one -- looking closely at yourself in the mirror). It sounds silly, but I have to say that plucking your brows is a great way to stay in the moment!

Kirwin - Thank you! :) I did have a nice holiday and I felt very festive in my patriotic bikini. That's awesome about going to bed early and getting up early. That's one of my favorite feelings -- waking up naturally. And listening to a kid laughing is another great one. I just heard a little boy laughing outside and it totally made me smile.

#95 Listen to a bird's song without being annoyed.

Ok, ok, that..that is kind of hilarious! I have never been annoyed by birdsong except when our kitten jumped off the second story balcony and I spent HOURS looking for her and couldn't hear her mewing because the birds just wouldn't SHUT UP and that is the only time I've ever wanted to strangle a thousand birds at the same time.

But, you know, OTHER THAN THAT.

Hayden - Okay, okay, so I'm not the world's most nature-oriented girl. I can sit here at my desk and be SERIOUSLY annoyed by the sound of a bird chirping. Have you ever seen the film Failure to Launch? (Yes, I'm embarrassed to say that I have -- but it was on TV! On TV doesn't count!) In the film, Zooey Deschanel's character is obsessed with getting rid of a mocking bird because it keeps her awake. As much as I love all animals, sometimes a bird's cheerful chirp-chirping can drive me up the wall. Taking the time to appreciate it is one of the ways I do my best to stay in the moment...Odd, yes, but it works. Haha.

Great post, Dani! My #101 is delegate or do a nagging task. It usually takes less time than I thought. Getting it done unburdens me and makes room for creativity. Thanks for all your great ideas, too.

Laurie - That's a great #101! When you get an unpleasant task out of the way, it gives you more time to focus on the things you want to spend your moments on. Glad you enjoyed the list!

This is just such a WOW list. Thank you, thank you, thank you! How could I ever remain bored or blue for a second once I stop and consult this list?!

I'm gonna Stumble It!

That's an impressive list PP! There's not much I'd add except; when you're doing some sort of job/chore/errand, take notice of all 5 of your senses (sight, touch, taste, sound, smell). It's a great way to stop and see, touch, taste (maybe not), hear and smell the roses!

Jannie - Thanks so much for the Stumble! :) I'm so glad you liked the list. I'm definitely going to be coming back to it when I'm feeling down or bored!

Sami - That's a great point. No matter what you're doing, if you use as many senses as you can you're a lot more likely to be in the moment. Thanks for the comment!

Hi Dani,

This is cooooooool :) .I'm leaving the page trying to keep some tips in mind and wanting to try them on.
Ah..! This silly face thing.Me and my friends used to do a lot of silly activities when we gather.Sometimes our university friends are surprised to see that what we are. heheheeee...... :)

WOW! What a great list! I am not sure how anyone could get annoyed by a bids song...lol. I really enjoyed reading this today...much needed!

Great list Dani! I nodded and smiled to most of them. I wanted to tell you my favorites but they're too many so I'll just say I enjoyed the whole list a lot, thanks!

Hi Dani - Just yesterday we were talking about how we would catch fireflies as kids. Such great memories.

And snail mail. That's a favorite of mine. There's nothing like getting a handwritten letter/note in the mail. That's something that always makes my day. In turn, I also try to reciprocate.

Vikum - So glad you thought it was cool! :) Silly faces are the best and it's fun to be silly with friends. I've had some of the best laughs when I'm just sitting around with a friend, being our silly selves.

Caroline - Haha. I seem to be the only one who can be annoyed by a bird (aside from the character in Failure to Launch). I'm so glad you enjoyed the list!

Rosa - Thank you! I'm glad they made you smile. You should write a post of your own with all of your favorite ways to stay in the moment!

Barbara - Fireflies and snail mail are two of the best things! It's such a great feeling to get a piece of mail that's not a bill, isn't it?

Hi Dani,

Great list! Putting attention to body or breath can be important--the body and breath are always present. And for a quick and easy pick up, light up your chakras!

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Kaushik - Thanks! You're right -- paying attention to your body and your breathing are two great ways to stay in the present moment.

Dani, I am truly impressed. I'm sure my creativity wouldn't have stretched this far!

How I live in the moment is to breathe consciously, walk with my head held high (so I can look around me, not at the ground) and aim to do less during the day than I think I can manage (so I rarely get stressed).

Ian - I bet once you got started you'd have been surprised by how many things you could come up with! The ideas you've listed in your comment are great ones and I'm definitely going to put them to use in my life. Thanks!

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