RCASA’s Tuesdays with Traci: Staying in the Present Moment- A Tool for Self-Empowerment

In Sexual Assault Awareness on December 1, 2009 at 11:00 am

Often, one of our biggest questions is “What’s going to happen?” We may ask this about our relationships, our career, our finances, our recovery, our life. It is so easy to tangle ourselves up in worrisome thoughts about the future. Worry is sometimes the result of trying to control a situation. Many of us have been trained to worry, to fixate on a problem, in our families of origin. It is an unconscious response to events or situations that are truly beyond our control.  Worry does not empower us– it only distracts us from taking care of ourselves today.

Worrying about what’s going to happen blocks us from functioning effectively today. It keeps us from doing our best now- in the present moment. It blocks us from learning and mastering today’s lessons. Staying in the now, doing our best, and participating fully today are all we need to do to assure ourselves that whatever is going to happen tomorrow will be for the best. It is not always easy to live in the present moment; in fact, it can be quite uncomfortable at times.  We must trust, though, that all is on schedule as it should be in our lives. Even waiting is not wasted time. Something is being worked out- in us, in someone else, in the Universe.

Worrying about what will or will not happen tomorrow is a negative contribution to our future. Living in the here and now is ultimately the best thing we can do, not only for today, but for tomorrow. It helps our relationships, our career, our recovery, and our life.

Things will always work out if we allow them to.  The present moment is all we have. Yes, we have plans and goals, a vision for tomorrow. But now is the only time we possess. And this is enough.

We can clear our mind of the residue of yesterday. We can clear our mind of the fears of tomorrow. We can be present now. We can make ourselves available to this moment and to this day. We can look at all that is good and right in our lives today. Be still. Be at peace. Let go of your need to control  and devote your energy to living life today.



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