Be. Here. Now.
Today, as i sat down trying to sort my thoughts out about being present. it occurred to me that even if our mind is stuck in the past or getting worried about the future we can’t really “be future” or “be past” we can only “be present” and that’s exactly where our minds should be as well.
Most of our worries stem out from not being present.we spend too much time either regretting the past or dreading the future.Time and energy spent in either is useless. we cant go back and change whats already happened nor can we know or change what will happen to us in the future just by thinking of it, what we can do however is to take hold of the thing that’s accessible and it is the present we are in.
i was 12 when i watched “Kung fu Panda” for the first time, the consoling words of master Ooguay to pooh have stayed with me to this day, though it was much until later that i fully understood them.
“yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift, that is why its called the present”.
Its human to plan for the future, in many ways it is even essential, but to constantly worry about it makes us stressed, unhappy and unappreciative of what we have right now.
the past is gone, whatever mistakes were made, whatever wrongs were done, whatever was lost, its all gone,we should accept it, forgive ourselves and others, learn our lessons and move on.. whatever wrongs were done to us, take comfort in the fact that its over and as long as we have today we can start anew.
I say it from experience that when we do something by being mentally present we do it more productively. When we are fully engaged in an act, we thoroughly enjoy it. Whereas if we are doing something that we really like or are with somebody we love but our mind is else where, we may not enjoy the activity or the person at all.
I like how Tolstoy puts it “Remember that there is only one important time and it is Now. The present moment is the only time over which we have dominion. The most important person is always the person with whom you are, who is right before you, for who knows if you will have dealings with any other person in the future? The most important pursuit is making that person, the one standing at your side, happy, for that alone is the pursuit of life.”