So much of our time is spent regretting the past or planning for the future that we often fail to live in the present. We know better. We read the wisdom of spiritual masters. We listen to pop psychology and motivational speakers. Or do we? Do we really listen to the message or do we simply hear it and forget it?
The trouble with life lessons of this magnitude is that they are harder to learn than we realize. And if we've grown up in a society that trains us from early on to be future-oriented, always planning, always striving, always working towards something instead of being present in the moment, the lessons are that much more difficult. Our habitual thought patterns create a way of being in the world and changing that takes concerted effort.
The word manifests as the deed;
The deed develops into habit;
And the habit hardens into character;
So watch the thought and it's ways with care,
And let it spring from love
Born out of concern for all beings . . .
As the shadow follows the body,
as we think, so we become."
Thinking about the past and the future, we become someone who resides there; someone who is absent in our own lives. The good news is that life provides us with a regular supply of opportunities to learn how to stop worrying and