Live in the moment is a cliché, but like many clichés it has some truth to it. In today’s world, people live anywhere except in the here and now. Most people live only for their “audience”, forever airbrushing their image in the demanding world of social media. A group of friends gathered around a restaurant table might be hunched over their smartphones uploading images to Instagram with the hashtag #besttimeever, even though they only smile in the pictures and might not even remember to ask each other how they are doing. On the other hand, they have no need to ask, because they can check social media to see what everyone has been up to.
Because people are constantly available and able to access a world full of information, the amount of information reaching the brain has also increased many times over. Normally, the human brain receives information, processes it and stores it in long-term memory to keep it safe. Today, our long-term memories are under too much strain, since there is no time to store anything there properly with all the constant commotion that is going on. At the same time, ordinary people subjected to a ceaseless stream of information are no longer able to work out what is important or what is not. As a result, the most important things will slip away like sand between the fingers.
Luckily, as a counter-reaction to all this, awareness skills and mindfulness have begun to gain more attention. In workplaces, people have also come to realize that mindfulness is a powerful tool when it comes to managing stress, solving sleeping problems and reducing time pressure. Mindfulness helps you focus on the present by concentrating on a certain target, such as your own breathing or thoughts. Studies show that with regular practice, you can learn to adopt an accepting and calm approach to everyday situations.