Young people live in the future.
Old people live in the past.
Wise people live in the present.
I randomly stumbled upon this quote about five days ago. Ironically, I have thought about this quote quite a bit since then, which - I suppose - means that I am living a bit in the past.
Living in the present moment can be hard.
For a multitude of various reasons, we might all want to escape our present. Perhaps it is diverting to focus on the warm and fuzzy memories of your past. Perhaps I find it calming to plan for things that won't yet happen for another six months (or, in some cases, six years). Perhaps, by expending our energies on the past and the present we are momentarily set free from the things in the present moment that we might much prefer to ignore. Perhaps, the past and the future are (at times) misused to distract us from the pain, the hurt, the anger, and the depression of the here and the now.
But, therefore, doesn't that also mean that we run the risk of missing the abundant joy, the surreal happiness, the holistic peace that is also the present?!
In fact, one of the true sources of both happiness and health is the ability to inhabit the present moment...not just to exist in it, but to BE in it.
For, as we all know, "reality only exists right now - it's as close and accessible as our breath - and this awareness heals suffering caused by past regrets or future fears." As Eckhart Toole has said:
Unease, anxiety, tension, stress, worry - all forms of fear - are caused by too much future, and not enough presence. Guilt, regret, resentment, grievances, sadness, bitterness, and all forms of nonforgiveness are cause by too much past, and not enough presence.
Remove the old garment which no longer suites you
and step bravely into the new one -
weaved from an awareness
gained after years of struggle and pain.
Do not lose site of who you are
in that quiet space - where only reality exists.
You've paid a high price to get here -
no sense in giving it all back.
Your life is here and now.
Be present for it.
Live it wisely.
August 19: The Simple and Practical Way to Find Peace
Anytime anyone complains of worry, anxiety, depression, fear, hatred, jealousy - whatever it is - let him sit back and analyze the cause. If he is really sincere, he will find out that he wanted something for himself. Selfish desire causes all the problems. Do things for the sake of others, not for yourself. That is the simple and practical way to find peace.
Do you feel like you live in the past, present, or future? What can you do to help make you even more PRESENT in your own life?
Ally and Bo