I have learned to live for today and not hold on to the past or look to the future for better times. I first learned this lesson through the medical problems I was experiencing; then when I studied Reiki I learned about the five Reiki principles that are “Just for Today:” 1. I will not be angry; 2. I will not worry; 3. I will be grateful; 4. I will do my work honestly; 5. I will be kind to others. For me this is a recipe for living in the now, which is important to me.
I do not want to cling to the past, because frankly my past wasn’t all sunshine and flowers. If I lived in the past I would be negative person who radiates angry and rage. I know how I would react, because I used to live in the past and I wasn’t a pleasant person to be around. I didn’t even want to be around me.
I do not want to look to the future for all my hopes and dreams, because that means I would be waiting for someone or something to rescue me. Again I know, because I did this for awhile also. I became resentful, because I would look around and see that everyone, but me was getting what they wanted. At least that was my frame of mind at the time. I do not want to envy anyone or be jealous, because it robs me of my future.
I do want to live in the present, in a “For Now” or “Just for Today” frame of mind. I feel hopeful, joyful and full of sunshine, because I can see the good in my life. I see people fulfilling their dreams and goals and I think “How awesome is that?” I do not carry negative emotions – if…no make that when I feel a negative emotion I stop and take care of it. I turn the negative thought into a positive thought. For instance “I can’t believe that fool just cut in front of me and now is going 10 miles an hour slower than the speed limit.” Can you feel the anger in that? Instead I change it to something like “I am where I need to be, when I need to be at this present moment in time.” When I look at it this way, I no longer have the anger instead I feel so calm and at peace. I like this much, much better.
Where do you live: in the past, future or now?
Life is good! God is great! All is right in my world!