Congrats to @jordantroublefield for winning a $100 @nordstrom gift card & a $100 donation to Mission of Grace. See the latest giveaways here.
May I learn to live in the present
“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
In 2020, I really want to practice learning to live in the present. I’ve been working on it for a few months but, like most things in life, it takes practice. One thing that has helped me is recognizing my thought patterns. The minute I start feeling anxious about the present or troubled about the past I try to stop the cycle in my head. I ask myself, “is this something you can change now?” If there is nothing I can do at the present moment, I try to let the thought go to rest in my brain and return back to the present. Again, it’s a practice. My hope is the more I keep doing it, the more I’m able to be present in life.
My job also makes it difficult to be present. As much as I love sharing each and every moment with you, it sometimes takes a toll. I forget to actually enjoy what I’m doing. I have trouble focusing on conversations because my eyes are wandering for beautiful backdrops. And I’m constantly thinking about what I’m going to post next, whether it’s during “working hours” or on vacation.
Last year, I really tried to be more present. I would take photos and videos then put my phone away and post later. But I definitely want to learn new tools this year. So if you have any tips that have worked for you in terms of learning to live in the present, please do share!
“Happiness, not in another place,
but this place
not for another hour,
but for this hour.”