Raphael Cushnir gives talks, leads seminars, and counsels clients worldwide. He is a popular contributor to O, The Oprah Magazine, and the author of Setting Your Heart on Fire and Unconditional Bliss.
Living in the present moment is a universal spiritual practice emphasized in one way or another by all the world's religions. It has also been widely explored in bestsellers by Ram Dass, Eckhart Tolle, and others. This handy resource by Cushnir contains 100 practices that can help you to stay focused in the moment and to savor the riches that are yours in this abundant world.
For example, perhaps you have trouble connecting your values to those moments when you reach for a credit card or cash without thinking. Here is a practice to help you bring more intention to that moment:
"For one month, keep a rubber band around your bills in your wallet. Place additional rubber bands around your checkbook, credit card, and ATM card. Then, whenever you have to remove one of the rubber bands in order to buy something, use that moment to reflect. Do I really care about what I'm buying? What is its impact upon my life as a whole? Would I be better served by using this money in another way?
"It's important to note that there's no right or wrong in this exercise. How you spend your money is entirely up to you. So keep your exploration relaxed and light. Let it guide you to your heart's desire."
Each of these spiritual practices can be done in the midst of your everyday life and will enable you to add depth to your experience of the present moment. Some of the ones we found most helpful and enjoyable include those on inner smile, shower with praise, dance like mad, out with the old, slow down, neighborhood watch, penetrate impatience, and a day of silence.