“If you are at peace, you are living in the present. If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future.” ~ Lao Tzu
You’ve heard if before: Forget the past! You can’t change it. The past is not equal to the future.
Yet it is sometimes so difficult for many of us to let go of the past. You build your future by living in the present. NOW is when you create your future.
What does it mean to live in the present? To live fully in the present moment, your awareness is completely focused on the here and now. Be grateful for what you have. If you are living in the present, you are living in acceptance. Accept what is. Let go of the past.
“Let us not look back in anger, nor forward in fear, but around in awareness.” ~ James Thurber
Wherever you are, be there to the fullest. Be aware of your surroundings and make the best out of it. By truly living in the present, you feel happier and are more energized and focused. Being present is undoubtedly the only way to live life to the fullest. The secret for health for both mind and body is yo live in the present moment to the fullest. Not to mourn about the past or to worry about the future.
“If you want to be happy, do not dwell in the past, do not worry about the future, focus on living fully in the present.” ~ Roy Bennett
Life unfolds in the present. The past was, and the future will be, but the present is all that ever is. NOW is the moment of power, where all decisions are made, all emotions are felt, all life is lived. Give the present the attention it deserves.
The past and future are illusions, they don’t exist. How often are you worrying about things that are yet to happen, or probably will never happen. How often do you beat up yourself for past mistakes no matter how much time has passed. Answer, too much. If you are living in present you are living in acceptance.
If you want to change your life, the only place you can do it is in the present. Dream about the future, but work hard today. Dream big. Set goals and plans for the future. But working hard today is always is always the first step towards realizing your dreams tomorrow. Don’t allow dreaming about tomorrow to replace living in today.
The past and the future tend to steal our attention away from the present. We become mentally absent, on autopilot, forgetting to experience what’s happening right here and now. By living in the present you’ll feel fewer negative emotions and more positive emotions.
How can you be more present? Through awareness, acceptance and involvement – surrender to whatever the moment brings.