Affirmation: “Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.” -Buddha
I am a worrier. I worry about my kids. I worry about my husband. I worry about my job, my weight, my finances, my future. At times, my anxiety can become paralyzing.
I have also become very adept at beating myself up. The phrases “I should have said this, I should have done that” pepper my language on a daily basis.
In order to save myself from myself, I have selected a mantra to remind me of the Buddha’s teaching. The mantra is “I am here. I am now.” Whenever I feel the pangs of anxiety creeping in, I repeat this to myself as I breathe slowly and deliberately. Whenever I focus on the past and wish I had the power to change things, I repeat this mantra. This mantra brings me back to the present moment and reminds me that “I am here. I am now.”
What can you do/say to release yourself from your past? How can you avoid viewing the future with fear or despair?
If you can’t think of your own mantra, feel free to use mine because these 6 little words, “I am here. I am now,” have the power to change your life.
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