Trying To Live In The Present Moment, But Having A Hard Time

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I have been trying to live in the present, but my thoughts wander either to the past and past hurts or to the future where a multitude of “what ifs” stand before me. I want to embrace the joy of the day, to see good things in what I am doing – now. How do I keep myself grounded in the moment? I am missing many moments thinking about the future or past. I have been through a mentally abusive marriage and made it. I have lost loved ones and loved pets. I have lost security of my home and money. I know that these lessons have made me stronger, but some days I don’t feel strong. Some days I feel sad and defeated. How do I move on to embrace life again?

– Shelley, Ontario, Canada

1. It is always okay to feel what you are feeling.  The ego would have you judge yourself any time you’re feeling sad or defeated. When you play the ego’s game, you end up feeling bad for feeling bad. It is obvious that this game gets you nowhere you truly desire to be. Yet, do not judge yourself for listening to the ego and falling back into the same old reactions, for this is how most of us have been trained to look and react to life – to judge life instead of offering gratitude for it.

2. Practice what you desire to experience. If you truly desire “to embrace the joy of the day…


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  1. Cheryl

    I also have a hard time living in the moment. I recently re-read the scripture of Jesus bidding Peter out of the boat to walk on water. When I find myself letting my mind wander, I tell myself “not the water.” When Peter looked at the water and took his focus off Jesus, he sank. When I find myself in a hurtful moment, or an anxious about the future moment I remember to keep my eyes on Jesus. Otherwise, I will sink like Peter. Instead of water, it is depression, regret, anger, hurt, disappointment, etc. Even though it is not water, I still drown.

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