Do you live in the present moment?

@Pose123 (21671)
Canada
February 4, 2010 8:25am CST
Many of us live in the past, feeling sorry for some things that we did and wishing we'd done otherwise. Others worry about the future, wondering what tomorrow will hold or what will happen to us when we are old. I firmly believe that this has to change before a person can have a happy and worthwhile life. Lets forget about the past, it does not exist, except in our memory. Let's also stop worrying about how we're going to get through tomorrow or next year, or what may or may not happen in ten or twenty years from now. Life is going on right here and right now. lets pay attention to that and embrace the present moment because it's all any of us are guaranteed.
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26 responses
• Philippines
4 Feb 10
I live in the present moment even if remember the past their less things I could do so to change the courses of events, i already done it and so the better way for me to avoid repeating the same blunder that happen to me in the past is to learn to change my ways and avoid repetition. Although, their are past events which i regret wishing if I could go back i could make a better me or at least their a person whom i really miss and like to spend more time with him and be happy so all i could remember are all good events and not the tragic ones. But their is really no time machine which could turn back times and all I have to do is to live at the present, makes use of my time and be a blessing to others as well.Worrying about the past add only to stress which one already I have and for me life is so short to think of the past which i could not mend and so thinking of it makes me linger into depression especially if one to remember are the sad events. You are right then have to live in the present even if face with adversary since i could not please everyone I just should learn to accept it and just go with the flow as not all the time fortune favors me as sometimes it deprives me.
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@Pose123 (21671)
• Canada
6 Feb 10
Hi neelianoscet, We agree, thanks for sharing. Blessings.
@cher913 (25895)
• Canada
4 Feb 10
i do but i sometimes wish i was born earlier because i love history so much and wish i could have experienced some of it first hand. but i tend to live in the present.
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@Pose123 (21671)
• Canada
6 Feb 10
Hi cher, I too love history, but I was thinking about our past and worrying about things that can't be changed. Thank you for responding. Blessings.
@vijayanths (7878)
• India
4 Feb 10
Yes Pose I believe in living the present effectively. Past is past and there is no use talking about it. Future is not certain, so I try my best enjoy the present with what I have.
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@Pose123 (21671)
• Canada
6 Feb 10
Hi vijayanths, Thank you for sharing and it's clear that we agree. Blessings.
@cream97 (29175)
• United States
4 Feb 10
Hi, Pose123. Yes, I am inclined to live in the present moment. When I worry, I will worry about what will happen to me now or in a couple of days or so. Yes, I have stressed myself out about living in the past, but I have found out that it is not good to do this. So, I have stopped. I will focus on right here and right now. I will try not to upset myself what will happen later on down the line. Because it is always scary to think about.
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@Pose123 (21671)
• Canada
6 Feb 10
Hi cream, Thank you for sharing your thoughts. If you must think about the future, see good things happening, always expect the best. I don't believe anything is as scary as we imagine it to be. Blessings.
@bystander (2308)
• Philippines
4 Feb 10
very interesting, pose. it's better to remember happy moments from the past and think of happiness in the future. we have the power of selection and we can apply this to what we want to remember, or reminisce. that same is true when we think of our future, let's always consider the bright side. thoughts other than that spawn worry and worry draws wrinkles in our faces... who would want to look older than his or her age? it's not bad to plan or look ahead... but when you look ahead, find the light not the shadow...
@Pose123 (21671)
• Canada
6 Feb 10
Hi bystander, Thanks for adding your thoughts here and I see nothing wrong with your ideas. It's when people let themselves become stressed over the "what if's" of the past and worry about what might happen in the future that they fail to enjoy the moment. Blessings.
@bystander (2308)
• Philippines
7 Feb 10
it's always the "what if's" and the "why's" that trigger some stress, pose. most of these so-called stresses that affect our lives come from worries, worries about the past and worries about what the future will bring... but don't forget, we have the power of thought and with it comes a lot of choices on what to take and where to go... that gives us something to really turn the negatives into positives or we can simply neutralize stressful thoughts (even realities) by putting them in the dustbin of history...
@Mirita (2668)
• United States
6 Feb 10
My concentration is always on the present because I don't know if I'm going to be alive tomorrow.
@Pose123 (21671)
• Canada
6 Feb 10
Hi Mirita, Thanks for your response and we agree. Blessings.
@bdugas (3584)
• United States
5 Feb 10
I totally agree with what you said. Too many worry about what went on in the past, there is nothing we can do about that but hope that we learned a lesson from what went on, and not go back to doing the same thing. As for the future, we won't know till it gets here, and there really isn't much you can do when it does come, and hope that it is not something to bring us more mersery. What is happening today, is what is important, and how we handle it. Too many times I have to spend the day sorting out some thing that some one has screwed up and that takes my time and energy, if I was to sit along with that and wonder Oh God, what will tomorrow bring, it would be more than I can handle, I do good at handling today, let alone tomorrow when it hasn't even come yet. I think a lot of the drpression comes with the thought of if I hadn't done that or this, it is over, learn your lesson and go on. Wouldn't it be nice to have the ability to just go back and change what we don't like. I would be first in line. Those mistakes are what shapes us for the days ahead. I have a friend who is so depressed all the time, because she worries that she will get cancer or some other disease that will kill her or put her in a wheel chair, or nursing home or make it so that someone will have to take care of her. She spends her whole like going to the doctor to take tests and see if she will be alright tomorrow. Instead of just enjoying the day that she is able to spend right now. Or what if she had done this or that, why couldn't she see what was coming, I personally don't want to see what is coming, I will deal with it when it gets here. You are right we are not even guaranteed the day that we are in, let alone tomorrow. I just want my life to be peacefull and happy today, and if it isn't then I will deal with it and worry about what happens after that when tomorrow comes.
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@Pose123 (21671)
• Canada
5 Feb 10
Hi bdugas, A great response, thank you. Your friend is exactly the type of person I was thinking about. Blessings.
@williamjisir (22909)
• China
5 Feb 10
Hello dear Pose. To me, I think that the past is a part of our history or story with some wonderful memory or less wonderful memory while the future is something that we look forward to with hope. Still we need to pay more attention to our present moment as it is more meaningful to us. Every happy present moment consists of any elements in life that we are living. Enjoy your life, my dear Pose.
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@Pose123 (21671)
• Canada
5 Feb 10
Hi william, Thank you for your response. I was thinking of people who are making themselves very unhappy by continually thinking of something that happened in the past and which they can do nothing about. There are also those who worry so much about the future that they cannot enjoy living today. Blessings.
@diyonzi (117)
• Philippines
5 Feb 10
The past years have not been easy for me. I had a series of sad experiences that made it hard for me to move on. I admit that I had lived in the past, always thinking of what could have happened if I did this or that. I had a lot of what ifs in my mind. But I think through time I had learned to accept things as they are and I'm starting to get back to my life again. Things are working out well for me these days and I am just enjoying every moment of it. I don't think much about the future except for the things that I want to do or just the positive things. I am happier now and I only think of the past as a learning experience. ;D
@Pose123 (21671)
• Canada
5 Feb 10
Hi diyonzi, Thank you for commenting and I'm happy that you have been able to escape the past and are doing much better today. Blessings.
@jambi462 (4599)
• United States
5 Feb 10
Yes I live in the present moment also known as now. You don't really have much else of a choice because regardless of how much you dwell on the past or worry about the future you still have the current time frame to take care of and live. We need to enjoy what's happening now so we aren't worried about the future and dwelling on all our problem's of the past.
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@Pose123 (21671)
• Canada
5 Feb 10
Hi jambi, Thanks for your comment and that's the key word "enjoy". Blessings.
@saanjh (784)
• India
5 Feb 10
ya its true many of then live in past even i am worry about my future i know its not gurantted. i am worried what will happen tomorrow, what we wiil do in our old age. I know its uncessary but many of them also know its unnesecery but they also do this.
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@Pose123 (21671)
• Canada
5 Feb 10
Hi saanjh, Thanks for your response. Yes, it's true that a great many worry about such things but it does affect our ability to enjoy life today. Some have discovered how to live in the moment and they are the fortunate ones. Blessings.
• Philippines
5 Feb 10
Well, yes, I am living in the present. There were situations where I have allowed myself to think much of my past. But those were the days of long ago. Now, I will just be content with what I have in the present and do what I can to avoid thinking the past mistakes I did. As the song goes, "I don't know about tomorrow, I just live from day to day." Blessing2u
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@Pose123 (21671)
• Canada
5 Feb 10
Hi blessings2u, Thank you for commenting and your appear to have learned well. Blessings.
@VotreAmie (3037)
• United States
5 Feb 10
I wish I could only live in the present moment, but unfortunately it's not the case. I always find myself looking in the past or wondering about the future, I guess it's just human nature. But I think it is sometimes important to take a look at our past and learn from our mistakes, it is the best way to improve our future. If it was possible for me to live only in the present, I would be happy most of the time in my life. Because almost all my sad moments come from regrets of the past and worries about the future. Take care.
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@Pose123 (21671)
• Canada
5 Feb 10
Hi votreAmie, Thank you for commenting and I believe it is possible for all of us to live in the present moment. We will all think about the past sometimes but we don't have to dwell on it. As for the future, it is promised to no one so we are worrying needlessly. Blessings.
• United States
5 Feb 10
I do live in the past or the moment. I plan for the future with always having a back plan. I know it is strange but I was raised to plan ahead and achieve goals that I make.
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@Pose123 (21671)
• Canada
5 Feb 10
Hi t0gletree, Thank you for your response. Blessings.
• Canada
4 Feb 10
Hi Pose, Oh wow, you're so right. How true that we're always thinking about everything else except the present. Im afraid I suffer from this ailment lol. Last week, I was expecting people over and some had invited themselves and it would ruin everything. I was besides myself, worrying to the point of nearly making myself sick. Well, my aunts couldnt come that weekend and it solved the problem with my SIL. After the evening, I was soaking in my bath when it donged on me that I had been worrying about it all week and nothing bad happened. So why do we keep doing this?
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@Pose123 (21671)
• Canada
5 Feb 10
Hi MagicalBubbles, Thank you for your comment and yes we often worry about nothing. Blessings.
• Jamaica
4 Feb 10
Well for me i really try to live in the present and focus on my future. i think it makes no sense to live in the past. the pas is the past and there is nothing that can be done to change the past.
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@Pose123 (21671)
• Canada
5 Feb 10
Hi damalimcpherson, Thank you for sharing and enjoy living in the now. Blessings.
@savypat (20248)
• United States
4 Feb 10
This is such a challenge for me. I do so enjoy beating myself up over the past. This is where the tapping has helped. I don't have a problem letting the future take care of it's self. But one thing that is not entirely clear to me is how far is the present? One second, one hour, one day. I have to plan for some things in the future, does that mean that right now I need to be more concerned with the planning right now then the actions which will take place next week? I think I understand the concept but putting it in action is hard.
@Pose123 (21671)
• Canada
5 Feb 10
Hi savypat, Thank you for commenting and I can see you understand about the past. As for living in the present, I was simply thinking those who are always worried about what the future will bring. It's fine to make plans but take time to enjoy what's happening now. It's probably best sumed up in the say; "In your pursuit of happiness, take time to be happy". Blessings.
• United States
4 Feb 10
It is so hard to live in the moment. I struggle with it every day. I get caught up in the worries about the future and those alot of the time tie in with regrets or bad decissions from the past. All those worries take away from the ability to enjoy the past. I try so hard to enjoy te moment.
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@Pose123 (21671)
• Canada
5 Feb 10
Hi kmahony, Thank you for sharing and I think you have to put the past behind you. A lot of people suffer from the "what ifs". When you enjoy life in the moment, that moment soon becomes the future that we had been worrying about. We all need to learn that we can't face the future until it gets here, and usually it isn't nearly as bad as we had expected. Blessings.
@kiran8 (14461)
• Mangalore, India
4 Feb 10
Hi Pose, I agree with you wholeheartedly.There is just no point in thinking about the past and worrying over it , neither is the future in our hands, so make the best of today, the present which is with us. I too believe that one must do the best he can and utilise each day to its maximum advantage because life is too short and before you know it, you will find that you have actually done nothing that you wanted to do in life, and are now too old or infirm to do most of those things . So, it is better to do as much as you can each day instead of feeling sorry or worrying about the past and being apprehensive about the future...all the best and happy mylotting
@Pose123 (21671)
• Canada
6 Feb 10
Hi kiran, Thank you for a great response. Blessings.
@ronnyb (6125)
• Jamaica
4 Feb 10
I am someone who uses my experienece from the past to guide my future actions.I will not say taht I dont sometimes think about the past but I dont dwell
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@Pose123 (21671)
• Canada
6 Feb 10
Hi ronnyb, Thanks for sharing and as long as one doesn't let the past or future interfere with their enjoyment of today, there should not be a problem. Blessings.