Living In The Now

“No amount of regretting can change the past, and no amount of worrying can change the future.”
Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

Which one do you feel stuck in the most? Your past? Your present? or your future? I am a firm believer in living in the present and just letting the past and future help guide the way. I have been trying my best to live in the present moment, but it’s actually very easy to get dragged into my past or worry about my future. I have to remind myself that it serves no purpose, it only triggers unnecessary anxiety.

We sometimes get stuck in our past, wether good or bad. We hold on to it tight, not willing to let go. We can’t change the bad moments and we also can’t relive the good ones. They are just memories. We need to learn from our past, rather than just dwell on it. We need to leave it were it is, behind us. We are also sometimes too focused on the future, allowing life to just pass by without being truly present. We like to stress about everything that may go wrong. Why do we need to worry about a problem that may never even happen? We also like to wait for the perfect moment for everything. We tend to want the week to finish so we can enjoy our weekend, but why can we not enjoy the week too? We are always waiting for our next holiday to relax, but why can’t we take time to relax everyday?

The only certain thing we have is our present. The moment we are in right now, the people we are sitting with, the food we are eating, the nature around us, the body we are in… Learning to be wholeheartedly present in the moment will help us create a past we want to remember yet are happy to leave behind, and work towards a future goal without the need to rush there.

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