Living in the Present

Living in the present - Lao Tzu
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How many times do we need to be reminded that we should be living in the present, to be 100% here and now? I have picked three of my favourite pieces of wisdom on this matter, each from a different background but each with the same message.

From Taoism

“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.” Lao Tzu

From Islam

“Man has less than he suspects of: time, friends, hope, or qualities.” (proverb). Leave the past in the past, don’t try to live in the future, be now and gain more of each.

From Christianity

“I was regretting the past
and fearing the future.
Suddenly, my Lord was speaking:
“My name is I AM”
He paused.
I waited.
He continued:

“When you live in the past,
with its mistakes and regrets,
it is hard.
I am not there.
My name is not – I WAS.
When you live in the future,
with its problems and fears,
it is hard.
I am not there.
My name is not – I WILL BE.
When you live in this moment,
It is not hard.
I am here.
My name is I AM.”

Helen Mallicoat

When you try to live in the past you are no longer there. When you try to live in the future you have yet to arrive. Only when you live in the present can you say “I am”.

We fret about the past and we worry about the future. Our society is geared up to keep it that way, designed to keep us discontented. We cannot change the past but we can change our attachment to it howvever we can only do that in the here and now. We can feel powerless about the future and if indeed we are powerless then we should accept that and get on with what we have, but we can only do that in the here and now. If we feel that there is something that we can do about our future, no matter how small, we can only do it in the here and now. It is in the here and now that we can find enlightenment, find peace, find contentment, find ourselves.

There are many, many, examples of this message from all over the world and from all belief systems. Do you have one that resonates with you? If you do, can you share it with us?

Interested in Qigong? We have a group of Qigong enthusiasts (on Facebook) that you might want to join that is used by students and teachers to exchange ideas and ask questions. It is part of the San Bao Qigong.

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