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Being Present Challenge

Do you replay moments from the past or get distracted by what the future will bring? Take the Being Present Challenge and learn about techniques to experience the world with focus and gratitude. 

AARP members, unlock your Staying Sharp member benefit and start this challenge today!

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Experience the Being Present Challenge

Research studies indicate that regularly practicing meditation and mindfulness can help with focus, stress and overall well-being. Discover what you can learn in just 15-minutes a day over 7 days with this sample challenge step.

1. Learn
Live with Purpose
Take a break from thinking about the past and future. In this video, learn about mindfulness, the practice of staying in the moment and how it can help bring mental and physical health benefit.

2. Practice
Guided Meditations
Practice with guided meditations, available in the Being Present challenge when you activate this AARP member benefit.  

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3. Apply
Apply what you learned to your everyday life.
After learning about how anyone can live a more mindful life with regular practice, explore ways to apply this learning to daily life. Here’s one way you can try today.
 

3 practices to shake up your routine.

See with new eyes. 
Take a familiar object from home and examine it as if you’ve never seen it before. Is there something you’d forgotten or never noticed before, or is your experience or reaction altered by your interest?

Notice how objects feel.
Take a different object and this time offer attention to its texture, touching it as if for the first time. Notice how the experience feels right now, as you interact with it.

Try hearing, smelling, and tasking anew. 
Turn your attention in turn to three everyday objects in your environment that you can hear, smell or taste. Let go of expectations and instead allow your senses to lead you into the direct experience of hearing, smelling or tasting.

Explore the power of being present today.