Living in the Moment, One Day at a Time –
There are certain human beings who are pretty secure. They live for adventure and change and the excitement of not knowing what comes next. Then there are the rest of us. Most people want some assurance that tomorrow will be okay. If they are sick, or out of work, or dealing with some major problem they want to look forward and see some relief up ahead. If they look, and cannot see it, they can become very insecure. This world is filled with sad, sick and insecure people who are fearful about what lies ahead. and sad or angry when they look back.
Many major recovery programs stress the importance of living in the moment, one day at a time – and the importance of that cannot be overstated. In this moment you will find the strength you need. In this moment you will find the guidance you need. This moment is where the power is. This moment is where your angels are gathered to hold you up.
All faiths bring forth this message in one form or another, but for those who know of the Bible it is stated this way in the Lord’s Prayer. ‘ Give us this day our daily bread’. I heard someone joke one night that the prayer did not include, ‘and make sure I have a few slices left over for tomorrow‘. God doesn’t dwell in tomorrow. He is here now. If you can learn to be here now you will find the God of your understanding.
If you find your thoughts going to the future or the past, and unhappy or anxious emotions go with your thoughts, try to bring yourself back. Certainly you need to think and plan ahead for many things in life, but if thoughts of the future stress you out, bring your thoughts back to now. Keep your focus and your faith here.
If this is an unfamiliar practice for you, you may need to have patience with yourself while you learn it. If at first you find yourself anxiously dwelling in the past or the future, just give yourself a gentle reminder to get back to today. If it helps, you can repeat a mantra to yourself, like ‘One day at a Time’. You can talk to yourself and remind yourself that now is the only moment you can breath in the peace your need, or the strength you need, or the guidance you need.
Living in the moment, one day at a time, can be a lifeline for some, a comfortable way of life for others, and a pure joy for those who have experienced its benefits. May you live in trust that if you seek God’s guidance in this moment, you will always be guided in the direction of your greatest good.
Many blessings, Elaine