When you surrender to what is and so become fully present, the past ceases to have any power. You do not need it anymore.
Presence is the key.
Now is the key.
~ Eckhart Tolle
Pop quiz: How present are you in this moment? Where is your mind taking you? What thoughts are keeping you out of the present? What emotional stirrings are going on within that you’re attempting to avoid?
How did you do? Were you able to answer the questions?
Although the resounding message that is heard tells you to savor life, your mind is readily taking you to the future or rehashing what happened in the past. It’s interesting how a simple directive is challenging to put into practice. You sail through your day yet wonder what actually happened.
The past is unchangeable. There is nothing you can do to change what has already happened. However, you can use the lessons learned from the past to make different, informed decisions in the present. Ruminating on the past keeps you stuck in an outdated version of who you are. It can create cracks in your foundation of self-worth and trigger self-judgment. Graciously learn from the past and allow it to stay there.
There are certain situations you face that can shower you with feelings of doubt, second-guessing what you said and did. In those moments, take a breath and be gentle with yourself. The situation has passed and is unfolding on its merry way. Give yourself permission to let it go and allow it to be.
When I find myself reliving past exchanges, I whisper to myself, “Come back.” That two-word phrase, in combination with a deep breath, is the nudge I need to be with what is in front of me. From there, I take as much time as I need to breathe and allow the thoughts to find their way elsewhere. I take time to notice what feelings have come up around the thoughts and process them as needed. If I find it difficult to relinquish any of the nagging thoughts, I ask, “Is that true?” This question helps in breaking the fear trap I got stuck in. From this point, I experience greater ease in allowing the reaction or response of others and mine to be mine. I surrender to what has already happened and open to trusting that all is well.
It is valuable to be mindful of your thoughts. Thoughts are powerful on so many levels, including taking you out of the present moment. You hold the key. You have the ability to notice, release, and return to the present.
In addition to your thoughts, pay attention to your body. How does your body feel in this moment? Is there something your body is trying to tell you? Generally speaking, there is a strong desire to stay in your head rather than feel what’s going on in your body. This tends to exacerbate the mind’s desire to escape somewhere else instead of being in the present moment. Your body holds an immense amount of wisdom. Take a listen and see what you discover. This is another key you hold.
Use your keys and enter the present moment.
Feel what it’s like to experience life as you live it.
Take a breath.
Be here now.
How often do your thoughts take you out of the present moment?
How often do you listen to what your body is saying?
Walking together in light, love, and peace 🙏
When I choose to release thoughts about the past,
I am fully alive in the present.