Friday, July 6, 2012

How to live more in the Moment

Happy Friday, I'm on the road so trying to blog mobile - sorry for possible format problems or (even) more misspellings.
One Problem with gazing too much into the past, is that we may turn around to find the future has run out on us. Michael Cibenko
Most of us spend our time either in the past or the future, all the while our present passes us by. Opportunities for meaningful experiences and new memories are destroyed when we obsess about yesterday's challenge or tomorrows opportunity. Which challenges from the past are you still holding on to?
An older and a younger monk were traveling home when they came to a river and saw a young women trying to cross the river as well. She asked the monks if one of them would help her. The monks had sweared an oath never touch a woman, however the older monk silently went, picked her up and carried her over the river. The younger monk was astonished and upset but kept silent as they went on their way. Hours later he was still upset so he asked: "We are not permitted to touch a woman, so how could you carry her on your shoulders like that?" The older monk replied: "Oh, are you still carrying her? I put her down several hours ago!"
What are you still holding on to? Which baggage from 10, 15 years ago do you still carry around? There is no forward until you stop looking back and feelings of resentment and bitterness will forever haunt you and chip away from any beautiful experience you might have. Sometimes we get used to those calling cards from the past - reasons for our life today even though there is no value to them. Whatever baggage you carry, put it down - it's old, it's heavy and it drains you every day.

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