Ahhhh, the power of now. Breathe that baby in! Soak her in! Lol. Living in the present moment is something I've been learning about and investing myself in for years and it is truly one of the most transformative skill sets I've ever developed.
It seems the older we get the more tied up in what's happened in the past or worried about what may happen in the future we get and it is super counter-intuitive! When we were kids we had much more natural faith in all that is good, we were able to stand in awe more easily and soak in the wonders of our world and we were simply much better at living in the present moment but we need to reach within ourselves and get that power back! It hasn't left us, we've just forgotten how to do it, so we need to tap in and do a bit of brain retraining :)
Some tools I have used that have helped me immensely along the way are The Power of Now and A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle and The Secret and The Power by Rhonda Byrne. Both authors have "daily teachings" apps for your phone as well and I love to read their quick tips everyday as it's an easy and fun way to keep me focused on living in this most wonderful, powerful, fabulously fun present moment. ALSO - my currently featured "Weekly Fix" is all about the present moment and has an amazing guided meditation by Eckhart Tolle and a mantra to repeat so that living in the now really gets enmeshed in that brain :)
Give yourself a magical gift and let go of the hurts, resentments and garbage from the past and let go of all the worries of the future - remember that each time we think thoughts of what has happened or what may happen we are totally and absolutely missing out on the only thing we truly have - the now. Each time you find your mind floating to past or future, just bring yourself back to the present, take a nice deep breath in and thank yourself for doing so and you will instantly come more alive! Trust me, I've been working diligently on this for a very long time and the more you practice, the more you realize that when you truly allow yourself to be in the present moment, every second feels magical and you naturally appreciate even the simplest of things more because you're in it, you're thankful for it and you're truly FEELING the power of now <3
To reiterate just one more time, here is one of my favorite quotes from another In AWE with ALY FAV Author, Debbie Ford...
"Holding on to our past could be compared to collecting newspapers from 5, 10, 15, 20 or 30 years ago. Would you consciously choose to reread and rehash each upsetting story, or carry around the newspaper it was printed in, every day?"
:: Debbie Ford