Lao Tzu once said, “If you are depressed you are living in the past. If you are anxious you are living in the future. If you are at peace you are living in the present.”.
Is he right or is he right?
Oh, the present! What a nice place it is to be in. Living in the present means being at peace. Being at peace means happiness. And if your definition of success goes beyond worldly riches, then being at peace is about being successful, too.
However, life has an uncanny way of trapping people in the past or pushing them to chase after the future endlessly. Neither is a good place to be. Neither will bring you happiness and success.
So, heed the sage’s advice. Live in the present. Anchor yourself with meditation and you’ll always see life from a fresh and positive perspective.
Here are tips to help you integrate meditation into your daily life:
Do It at the Most Convenient Time
Forget about the usual twenty minutes. One to five minutes of meditation a few times a day would be enough. Moreover, you don’t have to give it a definite schedule. You can do it anytime, anywhere.
Whenever you feel stressed and overwhelmed, meditate.. Breathe and centre yourself for a few minutes to regain your focus and do what’s needed to be done.
Observe this Mantra: Every Day is A New Day
It sounds like a cliché, but give yourself a fresh start every time you wake up. Instead of letting yesterday tug at today, tell yourself that today is a new day. It deserves to be recognised on its own.
When you wake up, set what you want to accomplish for the day. Be realistic about the goals you set for yourself, and focus on accomplishing them throughout the day.
Give Yourself a Break
Exhaustion is a normal part of being human. No one can resist it. If your mind and body tells you you’re tired, listen to it and rest. Give yourself a chance to recharge, and you’ll face tomorrow with renewed zest.
Stop Thinking About What- Ifs
Agonising over what-ifs will only lead to worry and fear. Let go of these thoughts and focus on the “what-if” instead. There’s nothing you can do about the past or the future. The only thing you truly have control over is the present. So, pour your energy into the present and the future The past can’t be changed.