Quotes about living in the moment on a poster, mug or shirt are great reminders each day about how we should be living our lives. But they won't mean much if we don't make a determined effort each day to stay centered in the here and now...and it is NOT EASY to do. Like learning to play an instrument, it takes time and continual practice to improve on this skill.
For me, I work well with imagery - so when I decided that I needed a true change and to live in the present, I decided to use a teeter-totter as my visual guide. If I stepped too far one way (into the past) I would fall off or struggle to keep balanced. If I went too far the other way (the future) I would also experience stress and anxiety while falling out of balance. So my goal was to visualize myself perfectly balanced in the middle (the present).
When I feel that stress, anxiety or discomfort creep up, I see that as my cue. I see myself beginning to lean too far in one direction or another, then I do what it takes to get back in the center.