Anxiety and stress often stem not from what is happening at the moment, but what you perceive could happen in the future. By focusing on the current moment, you can reduce the stress and anxiety of what may never be.
“If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.” - Amit Ray
I will remember this passage as I workout and push myself physically. The Lord is my strength. I will RUN and not grow weary.
”‘but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
Today, I am grateful that my backpack is clean. While I was working today, I took a little time and sorted out my backpack. I carry this bag pretty much everywhere I go and it tends to build up a lot of junk. Having it nice, neat, and a bit lighter is excellent. For this, I am grateful.
Try to like who you are today.
“Meditation practice isn’t about trying to throw ourselves away and become something better. It’s about befriending who we are already.” - Pema Chödrön
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
Today, I am grateful for rhubarb. Rhubarb is such a wonderfully versatile plant. Rhubarb can be used as an ingredient in pies, crisps, and other wonderful recipes. For rhubarb, I am grateful.
Being present and part of the lives of those we love is the single best way to show them that we love them. Being present is better than any gift money can buy. Your family won’t remember the toy or necklace you gave them, but they will remember the time you spent together.
“The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.” - Thich Nhat Hanh
“May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, “
Today, I am grateful for old pictures. This past week I celebrated my 48th birthday and I was able to revisit some old pictures from when I was young. It’s so fun to look at these pictures, remember the fun times we had, and see the faces of those long gone. For old pictures, I am grateful.
Lying to yourself is easy. Being honest with where you are and where you can improve is hard. Do hard things. Be brave enough to be honest with yourself.
“The essence of bravery is being without self-deception.” Pema Chödrön
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
Today, I am grateful that I am able to read. Books open up whole new worlds and provide access to important information. WIthout being able to read all of this information would be locked away and unaccessable. For the ability to read, I am grateful.
This quote struck me today. All you have is right now. Yesterday is gone and you can do nothing about what is done. Focus on the now.
“Now is the future that you promised yourself last year, last month, last week. Now is the only moment you’ll ever really have. Mindfulness is about waking up to this.” – Mark Williams
It’s pretty simple really - be humble, pray, seek God, stop doing sinful things. God will fix it all. >“if my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
Today, I am grateful for NHL Playoff Hockey. Go Minnesota Wild! For playoff hockey, I am grateful.
I’m spending a bit of time digging into the practice of minduflenss and uncovering some wise words. Today, the words of Louis L’Amour hit home. It got me thinking a bit. How often do we really enjoy what we are doing in the moment we are doing it? Focus on now, let the past go and the future happen.
“Few of us ever live in the present. We are forever anticipating what is to come or remembering what has gone.” Louis L’Amour
“Deceit is in the hearts of those who plot evil, but those who promote peace have joy.”
Today, I am grateful for being able to check things off my to-do list consistently. Over the past year, I have developed consistency by using my checklist to ensure I get things done each day. I have lists for body, mind, and spirit, as well as work and other tasks. Each day I work my way through my critical tasks, get them accomplished, and move on to get more work completed. For getting things done, I am grateful.
“Mindfulness is a way of befriending ourselves and our experience.” - Jon Kabat-Zinn
“I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep.”
Today, my birthday, I am grateful to be alive. I spent the day with my family and had a wonderful day. I am 48 years old and, arguably, in the best shape of my life - at least the best shape I’ve been in 10 years. I feel stronger and better every day. Life is short, and I intend to savor every moment and not waste a single day. For being alive, I am grateful.
“People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child—our own two eyes. All is a miracle.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh, The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation
“Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.”
Today, I am grateful for stimulating intellectual conversation. I truly enjoy an opportunity to listen to intelligent people discuss deep and meaningful topics. Not every conversation needs to be an argument to be of interest. The most interesting discussions are not arguments but authentic conversations based on mutual respect. For intellectual conversation, I am grateful.
“The most fundamental aggression to ourselves, the most fundamental harm we can do to ourselves, is to remain ignorant by not having the courage and the respect to look at ourselves honestly and gently.” ― Pema Chödrön, When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times