If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future, If you are at peace, you are living in the present. – Lao Tzu
What does it mean to be living in the present? So often are we constantly worrying about the past or the future, knowing that issues regarding the future has yet to come and issues about the past cannot be changed. What has been done and what will happen is entirely out of our control.
Are we really at peace or balanced as we think you are? So often, we might distract ourselves with tasks to constantly feel the need to be “busy” and look for ways to keep our minds constantly occupied with various thoughts. These thoughts fill the empty void in our mind whenever we are not doing anything and constantly worrying or looking for gratification to keep the mind from worrying isn’t going to help with anything. The trick is to acknowledge these thoughts and be aware that our minds are being flooded with worrying thoughts (thinking about the past or future).
It does not involve a radical lifestyle chance to embrace or acknowledge the fact about being present. Routinely checking in and understanding yourself is the most beneficial self-care practice anyone can do. In the case of worrying thoughts, instead of burying or covering it up with “distractions”, by acknowledging them, one might be able to find a solution or acknowledge this particular issue.
Being present allows one to fully submerge and soak up all forms of stimuli in the current state. Having a nice cup of coffee? Take the time to embrace the aroma, the bitterness or sweetness in your mouth accompanied by the view while drinking the hot beverage.
Life is too short to be constantly busy or occupied without fully enjoying or being in the moment, with that I would like to end this post with another beautiful quote:
“Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present.”
Have a lovely weekend!