I’m soon gonna go and visit my extended family and old friends, most of whom I haven’t seen in about 9 months or more.
Circumstances have made it so that I can not see them more than once or twice per year, which makes me even happier to meet and spend some quality time together.
Fast forward a couple of weeks, as I am sitting in a room filled with family or friends, it’s all too easy to fall into the trap of thinking “well, this is nice – but I am soon leaving, and that makes me sad”.
It’s definitely gonna be a practice in mindfulness – being able to step back and observe the moment unattached and non-judgmental, enjoying the moment for what it is.
And so it is with life at large.
A lot of us live in the past, lamenting the loss of past moments. Others live in the future, forever worrying about what the next moment brings.
Yet some simply live in the moment, enjoying the present for what it is without expecting or wanting more.
The choice is yours…
Spend your time:
- worrying about the future
- lamenting the past
- or use that time to simply experience the moment in all it’s glory
I am not saying it’s easy, nor am I saying people live their lives in only one mode.
Most of us have a mix of states we exist on – worrying a bit for while about something you said to a colleague yesterday, then spending some time being afraid of what tomorrow will bring, and the next day managing to be more present in the moment while doing a fun activity that is familiar and comfortable.
Let meditation help you cultivate the habit of being present in the moment, freed from the shackles of the past and the limiting fear of the future.
It will take time, commitment and discipline, but it will be very well worth it.
Embrace this moment!
“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”
– Dr. Seuss
Do you live in the past, the future, or the present? Comment below…
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