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 LIVE WITH LESS Live in the present moment

From the June 2017 issue of Health magazine, in "Find a Deeper Happiness" by Ginny Graves, the author writes about being rooted in the present moment in order to stave off feelings of depression or anxiety. Since I occasionally wrestle with an anxious mind, this excerpt resonates for me.

Anxiety and depression share a common source: They're associated with allowing your mind to stray from the present. 'Depression is brooding about the past, and anxiety is worrying about the future,' says Dr. Robert Lustig. As a result, learning to stay in the moment can be one of the most powerful things you can do to be mentally healthy. 

The best way to anchor yourself in the present? You guessed it: mindfulness meditation, or sitting and paying attention, moment by moment, to your thoughts, feelings, and sensations. The practice has been shown to increase gray matter concentration in the parts of the brain related to well-being.

Yet another powerful reminder of the benefits of living in the present moment. 

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