Living in the moment

March 16, 2010 Sandra Dawes

Do you ever get so caught up in something, that even after the event or experience is over, you still dwell on it? It happened to me this weekend. I forgot to do something that I considered pretty important on Friday, and I let it bother me for the entire weekend. I knew that it was silly, what’s done is done, but I just couldn’t let it go.

I would of course forget about it when I was in my yoga class, or while I was walking my dog and listening to music. Then that little voice inside my head would remind me that I had made a “huge” mistake and shouldn’t be so relaxed about it. “What if” there is a negative consequence to my actions?

I am aware enough now that I can tell the little voice inside my head to shut up when it wants to completely take over my thoughts, but it still gets the best of me at times. I don’t like that nagging feeling in the pit of my stomach that I was feeling all weekend as I thought about my “boo boo”. I know that when I feel like that it is because my experiences aren’t a match to “who I really am”, which is a loving, prosperous, divinely connected being. When I remember that I am here to be happy, not to be stressed, I feel better and that annoying little voice quiets down.

I am still learning to live in the moment. I am constantly reminding myself that now is the only thing that really matters. The past is the past and there’s nothing I can do to change it, no matter how much I’d like a “do-over”. So I made it through the weekend, and it turns out my mistake will not result in the end of the world. If I believe that my current thoughts will create my future (and I do), then I have to constantly remind myself that I can’t control everything, but I can control my thoughts and actions and reactions and I will continue to do my best to do so.♥

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