Thursday, November 21, 2013

Life: It's a journey, not a destination

Do you have trouble staying in the present moment? Me, too.

I so want to do it, however. I know people are correct when they say you can't change the past, and you can't predict the future. The present is the only time in which you and I can actually make choices and decisions. We don't know if we'll live until tomorrow. Now is what we have. It's really about the journey and not the destination. Savor the moments.

What does it take to "live in the now"?

It takes real intention—and attention. I don't know about you, but when I'm lacking sleep, not eating well, not exercising, not paying attention to my inner and spiritual life, I'm more likely to passively move through my days without lots of thought. So, mundane though it may sound, pay attention to those parts of your life: sleep, diet, exercise, meditation or quiet time and all the other things that help you feel your very best.

Living in the moment also requires that you let go, let go, let go—of regret, of limiting beliefs, of resentments and anything else that holds you back from fully enjoying the present moment. Learn to access your passion and your joy. Let yourself laugh more. Hang out with people who see life as a gift—not those who complain about everything. Savor small things: color, texture, the way the sun falls on your carpet, the scent of your lotion.

And remember, it's not about perfection. It's about progress. Just keep moving toward that goal of living in the moment.

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