Breathe the Now into Your Day
We’ve all heard the quote that “life is the journey, not the destination.” I’ve been thinking about this saying lately because I notice how often we focus on the future instead of what is now. In doing this we don’t experience life as richly as we could.
We can catch ourselves living in the future when we find ourselves thinking: “I’ll be happy when . . ., I’ll feel successful when . . , I can’t wait for the weekend, I can’t wait to fix-up my home, have a certain amount of money, get married, have kids, retire” . . .etc. It’s great to be excited about what’s next, but at times this can mean we’re ignoring the present for the future. And ironically the present is the future we’ve previously anticipated and dreampt about before.
There are many things I look forward to like catching up with friends, producing a meditation CD, writing a book, getting married, etc. and it’s great to look forward to things. But can I appreciate and take-in what I’ve created in my life thus far? I realize, at some level, I expect to be fulfilled when my next goals are accomplished. That is the trick of the human mind. If we’re not fully enjoying where we are now, what makes us think we’ll be able to truly enjoy what we create.
For the next month just notice how often you are looking to the next thing. And when you notice that you are anticipating what’s next, (in the bigger scheme and even what’s next in your day) take your attention back to the present moment and task at hand. (An easy way to do this is to simply put your attention on your breath). When we focus on the moment we can lighten up and learn to not take our ‘to do’ lists or ourselves so seriously.
Enjoy the people that are in your life, enjoy the world around you. and enjoy what you have. And know that while it is worthwhile to have a vision for our lives, to have dreams and to work toward them our true happiness can be found in the here and now just below the surface of all our searching and seeking.
Wishing you the best always.