The journey to mindfulness involves becoming aware of when we are, in our minds, actually living in the future or in the past. Then to non-judgementally let the thought pass and use our senses or conscious breathing to bring us back to the present.
‘Being here now eliminates unnecessary stress and leads to more happiness in the life you are living right here, right Now. Living in the Now gives us the opportunity to experience life fully, without wasting time on guilt and regrets from the past, or hopes and anxieties about an imaginary future. Living in the present moment is the key to true creativity and effective, focused attention. It brings heightened awareness, contentment, inner harmony and deep peace.
Being in the Now enables us to accept what we cannot change and respond appropriately to situations where change is possible, without being swept away by habitual emotional reactions.’ (Introduction: Living in the Now by Jill Jacques – available on Amazon kindle.)
Have you ever been awed into silence by a beautiful sunset over the sea , or delighted in the antics of a puppy or kitten? You were living in the Now. Wasn’t it awesome to be there?
Be kind and gentle with yourself.