The past is the past.
The future is the future.
But I am here now.
My greatest lesson I have learned (and am still learning to master the practice of it) is to be in the present, to live, to feel, and to embrace the present. We spend so much of our time and our energy thinking about the what if’s and the what will be’s that we miss so much of what is happening right in front of us or to us at that very moment. There is a quote that I recite when I find myself falling down that thought cycle –
“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.” by Lao Tzu
That quote is so true. If we dwell on the past, we cannot heal. If we worry about the future, then we miss what we are supposed to be experiencing at the exact moment. When we clear our minds and live in the present then we get exactly what we need. We sometimes just have to trust the Universe that everything will come to us at the time it is supposed to and that everything that does come to us has a purpose. Since I’ve focused on being in the moment I have experienced so much more freedom and happiness. It has been (and still is) one of the greatest lessons of my life.