Often times we are always thinking about what comes next in life. What are we doing a week from now, a month from now, or a year from now. It is important to plan things in life, but sometimes we need to let life do some of the planning. I strongly believe that everything happens for a reason, and everything that is meant to happen will happen. We often get wrapped up in little things that are going to be meaningless down the road. A vast part of yoga is learning to live life in the present moment. Learning how to just be in the moment and not constantly worrying about what will come next. Life is about appreciating what you have, but how can you appreciate what you have if you are always anticipating the future?
The past is also something that cannot be changed. What’s done is done. Why dwell on the past if it is out of our hands to control anything that has happened. The key to moving on from your past is acceptance. We must accept anything that has happened in our past even if it is something we are not proud of, or something we would rather pretend never took place. It is impossible to move on from your past without acceptance. If one does not accept their past, they will not be able to progress into the future without constant dwelling.
We must stop worrying about the future and enjoy what we have now. We will slowly loose our present selves if we are so worried about what comes next. If you worry about what might be, and wonder what might have been, you will ignore what is. Live in the present moment. “The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.” – Buddha