“I’ve read a lot about living in the present moment, but yet I find myself in the past or the future most of the time, trapped in drama. How does one actually stay IN the present moment? Any hints on tangible things I can do?” ~ Elena, Anchorage, AK
The first step to create any change is to take 100% responsibility for all areas of your life.
I notice that in the question, you say that you are “trapped in drama”. I understand what you mean, but your language patterns shape your destiny, so consider that you are responsible for the drama and in turn you can choose to escape it. Because reality is nothing more than what we make it out to be in our minds.
To stay present, practice appreciating everything around you. It could be saying something like “I really appreciate the people that laid the tar on this road, it must have taken so much work.”
Say it out loud and put a smile on your face. By doing so, you will increase dopamine levels in your brain, bring joy into the moment and be more present to the value of every experience.