Life can truly be wonderful when you detach yourself from the past, not worry about the future, and only focus on what’s in front of you.
The past is just a memory.
The past only exists in your mind as memories that have no power over you unless you give them power. If you give them power and let them affect you, they can completely alter your current mood.
Do not forget about the past, instead, acknowledge that what happened has happened. Then accept that nothing can change it. Then understand that you are not that memory, it’s just something you experienced and detach from it. Then let it pass through you. Inhale and fill your diaphragm when you first notice your mood changing and then exhale. If the memory comes up again, repeat the process, eventually, it will pass.
The memories that still cause you pain will alter your mood because when those memories come up, the pain attached to them also comes up. When you have fully detached from negative memories, they will no longer affect your current mood
“You are under no obligation to be the same person you were five minutes ago.” — Alan Watts
If you have a character trait you dislike, think back to this quote. Acknowledge, accept, forgive yourself, then detach from that trait and live this moment, the next moment, and all future moments as a better person.
The future is just an imagination.
Just like the past, the future only exists in our minds. Thoughts of the future can also heavily affect our current mood. We either think of an extremely positive future and get happy, or we create negative scenarios and get anxious.
Creating negative scenarios is a problem because they affect us the most and create anxiety. The scenarios you have created may not happen. Nothing is certain and these scenarios aren’t real, they only exist in your head.
Prepare for the future, but do not fear it. Handle what events are taking place now to the best of your abilities and let the future come when it does. If you live every present moment as best you can, the future will reward your hard work.
The present moment is the only reality.
What we experience through all five of our senses is the only reality, everything else is just in your head.
You are most powerful now and what you do now decides your future. If you do positive things now the future will reward you positively and if you do negative things, you will be rewarded negatively.
When you fear the future, your mind is showing you your negative path based on what you’re currently doing.
If you are smoking weed and watching TV, but worrying about bills, your mind is showing you what will happen if you continue to smoke and watch TV. However, if you were working on a side hustle, you would not be worried about bills because your mind would show you what would happen if you kept working.
“How you live your days, is how you live your life” — Annie Dillard
You create your future through each present moment. Whatever you want your future to be, you must do it now.
Do you want to be a writer? Write now!
Do you want to be a millionaire? Act like one now!
Do you want to be a doctor? Go to school now!
Do you want to be in shape? Eat something healthy now!
As long as you keep living each present moment in alignment with the future you desire, you’ll get there.
Stay present, stay aware, and be as powerful as possible now.