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TRYING to live in the moment...

Monday, May 20, 2013

geesh, worrying or dreading the future and depressed about the past are two robbers of time! i KNOW this fact, so WHY do i keep going back to the past or thinking of the future? emoticon

i sit here and think about all the stupid stuff i did during this past week (over-eating, negative thoughts), and all the stuff that i didn't do(didn't make healthy food choices, didn't exercise enough, didn't spend enough quality time with God, hubby, kids). emoticon

and now i am just sitting here worrying an dreading the future! (am i gonna eat right? am i gonna exercise enough, will i spend my time more wisely? oh, AND i work 13 hour shifts back to back and then start midnights!)

why not just think about this moment? me drinking my coffee, listening to the birds and other critters, feeling the cool breeze blow over me... emoticon emoticon thinking about my GREAT hubby and AWESOME kids, wonderful home, we HAVE jobs, we have friends... ect...

now i KNOW i can look back, but i need to quit mourning it! and the future, i can look ahead, but i shouldn't dread it, it is a GIFT!

so, my goal for today is to stay in the moment. and if my mind drifts to worrying, dreading or depressed, i won't judge it, i will just try to calmly try to re-focus my mind on this moment.

also, maybe start writing my daily blessings in my blessings book. (a book i have that i write down as many blessings i have had throughout the day, because i have a TON of blessings every day!)

here's to YOU and ME living in the moment! emoticon emoticon
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CIROHIO 5/21/2013 9:56PM

    You have good points, now all you need to do is do them. Take time to enjoy life, worrying is such a waste of time and energy. Focus on all the things that God has Blessed you with. Happy thoughts! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DRIEDOUT 5/20/2013 10:36AM

    I agree Cheryl Anne's quote is a good one and I think Magik's reminder to breathe is the key.

The fact is, we can be in a state of gratitude for all that is good and how much we have, and still feel anxious.

There's a great little meditation you can do any time. It is two breaths, and when you find yourself haunted by the reruns of you past, or feeling anxious about what's to come, it's a terrific little practice to bring yourself back into the moment. Into the breath you are breathing right now.

“Breathing in I calm my body.

Breathing out I smile.

Dwelling in the present moment,

I know this is a wonderful moment.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

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JOHGLO2011 5/20/2013 9:52AM

    Best wishes to you - you can do this! And so can I! :)

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SARIANEC 5/20/2013 9:46AM

    Magick0731 hit is on the head. Well said.

Sounds like you need to crank the stereo and just get lost in the music.
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CHERYL_ANNE 5/20/2013 9:24AM

    Mindfulness... You've got the practice - you wrote it right here! "... my goal for today is to stay in the moment. and if my mind drifts to worrying, dreading or depressed, i won't judge it, i will just try to calmly try to re-focus my mind on this moment."

That's simply what you do. Every. Single. Time. Re-frame and re-focus.

I have a great Mindfulness Reminder about this very behavior because it's something I am trying to master:
"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."

I wish you much success on your journey to becoming the healthiest you can be!
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SUNSHINE99999 5/20/2013 9:19AM

  relax. sounds like you have a number of blessings so keep your focus on them. Maybe they can be your encouragement and motivation to success. emoticon emoticon

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EBURGITE 5/20/2013 9:16AM

    it's hard to change ingrained thought processes, but you CAN do it. keep pressing on.

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TAXANDRIA 5/20/2013 9:16AM

    That is a great quote from Magik0731!

I do the same thing, lots of worrying about the past and future. Lots of anxiety (it's my middle name!)

" oh, AND i work 13 hour shifts back to back and then start midnights!) "

Holy cow!! How do you do it? No wonder your mind is not at ease.

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JESSERMOVICK 5/20/2013 9:12AM

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MAGIK0731 5/20/2013 9:06AM

    Breathe! emoticon

I saw a quote sometime back that said "Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.” emoticon through this.

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HOLLYM48 5/20/2013 9:02AM

    Good luck. It isn't easy but you sound like you are on the right track to refocus yourself. One weekend does not negate all that you have done and how far you have come. Just remember that, we have to enjoy life! Keep on believing because we can do this. Have a great week. emoticon emoticon

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