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Living in the Present

     I heard a great quote by Ida Scott Taylor the other day.  The quote went like this:  Do not look back and grieve over the past, for it is gone.  And do not be troubled by the future, for it has yet to come.  Live in the present and make it so beautiful that it will be worth remembering.
     I've been in that space of learning to be present this year and it is not always an easy thing to do.  The ego likes to live in the past or the future so that it has something to make you feel good or bad.  It doesn't survive in the present moment, so it's more difficult for us to be in the moment.
     Happiness seems to be so elusive for people and yet it is simply a matter of staying present.  And what a beautiful thing to make the present so wonderful, that it is worth remembering.  If we can stay in the present moment we can do just that.  Accept what is happening in your life, knowing that it is only temporary, that it too shall pass.  And in the acceptance of it, we put it to rest and don't obsess or worry about it.  If something is bothering you, just say, "I accept that right now this is painful for me, and I'm ok with that".  Or "I accept that right now I'm not happy about my job, or my marriage or my financial situation or whatever, and I'm ok with that."   You'd be surprised at how easy it is to just let the issue go once you accept it.  If not, then the ego will jump in and try to make it ok.  And it will do that through finding fault with another person, making it their fault, or it will find fault with you and tell you how bad you are.  Either way, the ego can be silenced by staying in the present moment.
     Don't get me wrong, I believe that the ego has a function and if you are able to stay in the present moment, it will function the way it is suppose to.  Looking back never gets us anywhere and looking forward is either depressing if you see bad things coming or disappointing if you see great things coming that never come.
     I invite you to create a beautiful present moment that is worth remembering.............

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