Living in the Moment, Creating from Love

I’ve lived through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened. Mark Twain

Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact. – William James

rock archA recent Harvard study showed that the average person spends 50% of their time either focused on regretting the past or worrying about the future. This habit can really get in the way of having a life we would really enjoy and doing what we love.

Unless we have a time machine there is no way we can go back and change what happened in our past. By holding on to the old we carry it with us into the present moment where it interferes with what is really possible for us. When we dwell on past regrets we tend to repeat them. The people and situations may change but we play out the similar stories with them. This creates a great deal of stress and frustration in our lives. We wonder what we are doing wrong, why things don’t work the way we want them to.

Worrying about the future is equally stressful and problematic. Whoever worried themselves into a wonderful life? Constantly projecting ourselves into the future takes us out of the moment, the only place where we can really create. Most of what we worry about never actually happens, yet the this habit really drains our energy and makes it difficult to plug into our higher guidance. If we catastrophe about the future we can often feel too overwhelmed to take any action to move forward.

If we truly live in the present moment we have an opportunity to connect with the deeper knowing our heart which will guide us to create from love which allows our lives and creativity to flow. When we focus on the the moment we realize that everything is essentially okay. Life can be challenging but if we take it moment by moment we begin to the see that we can handle whatever we are faced with.

Learning to live in the moment and listening to our higher knowing is a lot like learning to meditate. It takes practice. Every time we find ourselves chewing on our past or worrying about how we are going afford a new car next year, if we can use our breath to bring ourselves back to the now. Breath is such a wonderful tool because we can only breathe now and now and now. On top of that it relaxes our body, quiets our mind and helps dissipate the buried feelings that can arise as we become more present our true selves. I know that I have certainly noticed the difference in my life from this practice.

With an increased sense of being present we can create the new year by diving into what we love. Be willing to be surprised. Be willing to be inspired. As we flow more in the moment and take action from the soft voice of our knowing more wonders than we believed possible can begin to show up. If we feel uncomfortable opening up to more of who we really are, keep breathing and consciously relax. You can’t be relaxed and tense at the same time. What do you want create from the relaxed place of knowing, from the center of your heart?

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