“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
I love this, except I don’t agree that living in the present is necessarily peaceful. When I am paying attention to these moments, I can deflect attention from all the stories about the present that ego loves to spin. So, even if I’m in an anxiety producing situation, I can see what needs to be done in a clearer way, that doesn’t mean I’m not going to feel the anxiety or pressure, I’m cutting off the stories about anxiety and pressure. All things that rise in these moments are how I am, peaceful, anxious, happy, sad, or perhaps feeling flat. All those dynamics rise without any conscious assist, I can’t image cutting off feelings and emotions before they rise. I can only experience them as clearly as possible, stay in proximity to breath and body, and see what needs to be done.
Love everything you possibly can today.