"Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future. Concentrate the mind on the present moment."
This was a quote that I found in my notebook of Buddha sayings. I find this to be both an inspiring and important message. It is easy for us to get lost in the 'hustle and bustle' of this chaotic world. We are either fixated on the past, or preparing for a future that is uncertain.
I certainly lived in my past. I was paralyzed by it. It wasn't until I turned off the voice of the past, and paid attention to my present. You have so much power when you just focus on what is going on in the here and now. For instance, right now I am writing this up to share with my new friends and thinking that it is such a beautiful day out. At this present time, life is pretty good.
Buddha is a great teacher of 'living in the present.' The present is all we have.
Is it hard to bring ourselves into the present moment? Absolutely. This is where meditation can be an invaluable tool in freeing oneself from the past and the future. Meditation came into my life during a very dark time. It has become my anchor in the present. It has healed so many wounds. Is my life perfect? Far from it. However, I am able to focus myself on what is happening in the present moment, and not be driven by chaotic darkness.
I encourage everyone to practice mindfulness meditation. Close your eyes and focus on the breath (I recommend that you listen to some meditation music while you do it).
When I meditate, I listen to meditation music and sounds of nature. Ocean sounds bring me the most joy. I do my meditation for 15-45 mins. When I have days where I completely unplug from the world, I meditate throughout the day.