Be where you are and be engaged.
All too often I find myself thinking two miles down the road… what do I have to get done, what is stressing me, what do I need to accomplish. OR I’m left thinking in the past… did I exercise enough, eat too much, say the right thing.
What happens when you’re always living in the past or future… you miss the gift of the present. <— Too corny? Yes, maybe, but it is true. Each moment is a gift that can be taken away so quickly.
My personal eating disorder thrives on “fortune telling” it’s the what ifs and the very unrealistic cause and effect thinking. An example… if I can’t workout today and didn’t workout yesterday and actually eat everything on my meal plan I’m going to gain weight… This type of thinking takes me away from the present and causes me to miss the great gifts all around me.
Recently I was instructed to just breath. The instructor said… the beauty about breathing is that you cannot breath in the past or in the future – you can only breath in the present. It reminds me of a comment my mom once made to me in the middle of a very stressful situation. She said… “Take three deeps breaths, splash water on your face three times, and then keep breathing.” Much later I asked – why three times…she laughed and said she had no clue why it just came out. The point is it brought me back to the present. I could handle the situation if I was in the present but only then.
I am learning, I can battle the disorder, be a better wife and a better mom and a better professional if I’m in the present… but only if I am.
Take a few deep breaths and BE PRESENT.