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Are You 'Lost in the Future'? How to Find Out and Live Now

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  • Are You 'Lost in the Future'? How to Find Out and Live Now

    Exhaust the little moment. Soon it dies.
    And be it gash or gold it will not come
    Again in this identical disguise.
    --Gwendolyn Brooks, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet

    We all know the importance of not living in the past. We strive to forgive and forget, we move on from past relationships and we try not to dwell on things that have already happened, since we can't change them anyway. But just because you're not living in the past does not mean you're living in the present.

    Many of us are entirely caught up with what's going to happen in the future: tomorrow, next week, next month, next year.

    A perfect example? You spend you entire weekend worrying about a big presentation you're giving at work on Monday. The worrying did not help you to prepare for the event in any way, nor did it change the outcome of it -- yet it took up the majority of your energy during what should have been a relaxing, fun time.

    Right now, perhaps your mind is racing. You're thinking about errands to run, plans to make, and how you'll save enough money to retire. Or you may be daydreaming about a day five years from now when you hope to have lost 50 pounds, started your own business or gotten married. The point is that you are doing anything BUT focusing on the here and now.

    'We live in a society where almost all thought is about changing the past or controlling the future,' says Hale Dwoskin, CEO and director of training of Sedona Training Associates.

    What is wrong with living in the future? Quite simply, you miss out on today. In time, and perhaps when it's too late, you may then look back and realize that you never truly lived because you were always waiting for something else to happen.

    Life does not happen in the future or in the past, and you shouldn't spend your energy living emotionally in these places either. When you are in the present, and are fully experiencing it without focusing on future events, you will find that it is easy to feel content, fulfilled and at peace.

    This is partly because you're not burdening yourself with tomorrow or yesterday, and whether the moment you're in now is good or bad, you're able to appreciate it for what it is.

    How can you learn to live in the present? Focus on letting go of the past and the future. The Sedona Method can show you how to easily release your apprehension, wants or fears about the future so you are truly free to just be right now.

    'You do not need to teach yourself to live in the present. Life only happens NOW,' Dwoskin points out.

    'However, as you release your thoughts and feelings about the past and the future you'll find yourself being more present with what is actually here now and now is the only time you can do anything about anything,' he says.

    And remember, no one is guaranteed any number of sunrises, thunderstorms, nights together with their spouse, summer cookouts, or any of the other tiny moments that make up a lifetime. Treasure each one while it's here so you'll have no regrets later on.
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