The mind itself is such a powerful tool. We can use our brain’s power to our advantage, we only need to work the parts that will support our desire to be in the present. The two things we need to train our minds to acknowledge our outside triggers—or, I should say, to not lock us into such a deep focus that our mind takes us from thought to thought and action to action while in comfortable focus—are habit and willpower.
I believe in striving for a state of contentment. When we feel content, we feel centered with who we are, where we are, what we are, and why we are. It also allows us to appreciate and fully immerse ourselves in the emotion of happiness. It becomes a welcomed surprise to feel happy, like a special present we get to hold for periods of time.
To a certain extent, we need to understand who we are and why we do the things we do. Having a personal understanding of ourselves means that we can become better equipped to realize when we are balanced or imbalanced. We need to face the lies we tell ourselves; we need to accept that they may have consequences. Having a positive influence relies so heavily on knowing oneself.