Living mindfully in the present

It is possible to wait hopefully for the future while choosing to live mindfully in the present. It is okay to wonder about what’s ahead without letting it consume your mind in the space you’re in right now. Everything may not be going according to plan, but today is still at hand...you are still being invited to learn here, to grow here, and to be shaped for what’s to come. You only have this moment, and I know you have heard that a hundred times, but you have also experienced worry a thousand times, and it is time to see that there is so much more to living. There is so much more to the waiting than simply worrying about the future. Make the choice to live mindfully here. Do one thing at a time. Drive or ride to work without music and listen to the music of your surroundings. Take a five minute break to just breathe without looking at a screen. Pay attention to the flavors and textures in your next meal and be grateful your body is getting the nourishment it needs.

I know you think about the future and the things you have to take care of in order to get there, but you must first learn to take care of yourself. Inhale. Exhale. Laugh. Relax. Sleep. Read encouraging words. Listen to encouraging music. Surround yourself with likeminded people. Do whatever you have to do to live mindfully, right here, in the present moment. And before you know it, you will have lived through a thousand present moments. You will realize that you’re in the moment from the future that you used to worry so much about. And your ability to live in the present will have only strengthened as you continue to wait hopefully for what’s to come.