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How Can We Learn to Live in the Present Moment?

Observing Our Thoughts: The Present Moment


In today's post, I'd like to encourage you to start observing your thoughts, especially how they leap between what happened in the past and what might happen in the future. I assure you, after a short while, you'll notice that you're almost never focused on the present moment. Often, feeling stressed stems from dwelling on the past or future instead of being present here and now. But why?


Lingering in the Past

To answer this, let's first discuss our tendency to linger in the past. We often focus on events that have already happened, usually with negative emotions attached. We think about people who have wronged us, foolish things we've done, and beautiful moments that are gone forever. Some people dwell so much in the past that it overshadows their present. Consider the grudges we hold inside, our refusal to forgive, feelings of victimization, regret, anger, etc. The past is over, yet we behave as if it still controls us. Picture being hurt in childhood by a parent. Now, as an adult with a spouse and children, perhaps that parent is no longer around. Nevertheless, our thoughts periodically return to those childhood incidents. Even though these events happened 30 years ago, we allow them to remain vivid and influential, constantly refueling them with new energy. Our ego feeds on this negative energy, compelling us to relive those tragic moments in our minds. Despite the perpetrator being long gone, we still allow their actions to haunt us. As a child, you may not have had a choice, but now, as an adult, you certainly do.


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The Future's Hold on Us

Now let's address the tendency to dwell in the future. Some of us live constantly in what will happen tomorrow, in a few months, or even years from now. We often worry about what “might” happen, only to find that most of these feared scenarios never materialize. Is it really worth all that worry? The ego, incapable of surrendering and trusting a higher power, continually fills us with fear about the future, feeding off this anxiety.

Conversely, another group living in the future consists of those who constantly make plans they believe will eventually bring joy or fulfillment. These are the people who obsessively buy unnecessary things, plan their next vacation while still on one, and believe that earning a certain amount of money will enable them to start truly living. This creates an illusory belief that the much-anticipated happiness is just around the corner, but certainly not right now. 


The Power of Now

We drift into the past or project into the future because we forget to be in the here and now. The present moment is all there is. What matters is what's happening here and now. Both the past and the future are nonexistent. Therefore, let's embrace the present moment, not resist it, and let it be, even if it's not entirely pleasant. Suppose you're sick, stuck in traffic, or with people you dislike. Rather than resisting these circumstances, accept them as they are in this moment. Most people view the present moment as yet another hurdle to overcome, leading to continuous stress, bodily tension and anxiety. 

How do we stay in the here and now? Simply noticing that your thoughts have wandered to the past or future is enough to bring you back to the present. You can also focus on a single thing. Observe the beauty of a tree, which you once considered lifeless, but in the present moment, its majestic life becomes evident. Pay attention to your breathing and the processes occurring in your body, all tirelessly working for your well-being. The next time you wash your hands, focus solely on that. Feel your skin and the water running over your hands. Isn't that a marvelous sensation? You've washed your hands countless times, but you've never truly felt it because your mind is always elsewhere. When working on a project or creating something, focus not on the outcome (which would place you in the future) but on the task at hand.

By returning to the here and now, you'll notice your body relaxing and your anxiety fading. You'll start to appreciate the beauty and sanctity of everything around you. Even in the midst of great tragedy, you'll begin to see the higher good. Honor the present moment, and it will fill you with a sense of gratitude.

I should also mention that by staying present, you're less likely to be susceptible to spirit possession. When we're aware of ourselves, our thoughts, and our emotions, we remain vigilant. Spirits tend to attach themselves during moments of absent-mindedness.

The next time you find yourself suffering or feeling stressed, ask yourself: Where are my thoughts now? Where am I? Have I drifted back to the past or into the future? Make a decision to return immediately to the here and now. Take a deep breath and feel the divine essence within you.



About the Author:

Marianna oversees the daily operations of The Dr. Wanda Pratnicka Center, skillfully advising staff members on guiding clients through the spirit removal process. Her efforts extend beyond management; she is dedicated to raising awareness about the phenomenon of spirit possession, utilizing various platforms including events, books, and digital media. In her leisure time, Marianna delights in gardening, immerses herself in reading, and explores new natural wonders.


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