In today’s world of gadgets and gizmos, it is getting increasingly difficult to concentrate on our daily tasks. We are constantly bombarded with interruptions from text messages, social media notifications, and overly persistent salespeople. It is a wonder we get anything done at all. At the end of a particularly long day at work, we often discover we haven’t finished anything we started. Everything seems to be done a fraction of the way, having been disrupted midway by trivial matters. Although multitasking has its own perks, there is much to be gained by putting our undivided attention on whatever we set our mind to achieve.

The vital thing to remember is to focus on the NOW. The present time is all we have. We can never be sure about the future. Similarly, there is no going back to the past. There is little we can do about events that already occurred or spoken words we want to take back. It is easier said than done, though, because we are so used to dwelling on things we cannot change and worry about tomorrow. But once we develop the habit of concentrating on the present moment, we will reap countless benefits which can encourage us to never live without awareness again.

Living in the now is most beneficial when we are in our darkest times. Sometimes our troubles are so great that we cannot bear them anymore. We delve into our innermost fears and wonder if life is still worth living amidst all the suffering we are experiencing. During this time, it is quite helpful to focus on getting through one second at a time. In this way, there is no apprehension about the next day because all we have to think about is living only until the next second. And then the next, and then the one after that, until we have gotten through the whole day.

At work, the advantage of emphasizing on the present moment is to accomplish a task faster and more easily. The sooner we get things done, the earlier we start the next chore, leading to more achieved goals at the end of the workday. Studies have shown that this method is faster than doing many things at one time. Multitasking not only sacrifices more time, it also yields substandard results. The same applies to classroom projects. It is best to do them one at a time.

At some point in our lives, we find ourselves with so much time on our hands. This is the perfect opportunity to fully appreciate God’s gifts. Since we rarely do this when we are busy, it is a good idea to concentrate on the now — pay attention to our breathing, look around at nature’s beautiful contributions, feel the season’s air, and observe humanity in action. It is a way of meditation – a way of calming us down and forcing us to pause for a while and experience life. And while we’re at it, a whispered prayer of gratitude would go a long way in tossing good energy into our world, gradually inducing harmony for the whole universe.

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