Don't look back in anger
 
“The soul becomes dyed with the colour of its thoughts.” ― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

There is only now.

Trite but true.

We seldom live there -- physically, emotionally, spiritually.

That said, when you're in the zone -- in tune with your purpose, hopefully -- it's a lot easier.

As I said in yesterday's recording, I'm back where I started; namely, in full writing and creative mode (allowing enough time to make a living). If I'm not careful, I could easily lose myself in recrimination about previous false starts and bold plans that have come to nothing. But it wouldn't do me any good.

What about you?

Do you find yourself at odds with the now, going back in time looking for answers?

To an extent that's fine but not when it stops you from doing your best work. Or doing any work in fact.

I'm not saying that the past isn't helpful sometimes but not when we live there via our negative thinking. 

Likewise, there's little point trying to live in the future -- which is only a series of made-up thoughts.

It's not just living in the now that's important, it's also how you see the world. Unfortunately, too many people can't let go of past thoughts and fail to adopt beginner's mind. I don't mean that we need be childlike in our thinking but we do need to see things as they are and not as we 'think' they are. At this point I'm reminded of a story that I once heard about the late Jiddu Krishnamurti. He was talking about our first impression of a bird in flight. He said that as soon as we label it a 'bird' we lose connection with the mystery of seeing the often indescribable beauty of nature. I feel the same about a lot of things in normal, everyday life. Until we label it, it just is. Beyond that we don't know.

Also, I think it key to emphasise that the thing is just the thing but it's always our reaction to said thing that defines us. Think of the last argument you had. I'd wager it arose because of something said to you, something you didn't like or your historical thinking. Next time, pause and reflect and ask yourself, is there another way to respond?

If what I say sounds prescriptive, then that's fine but all I know is the longer we stay rooted in the past the more likely it is we'll miss the mystery of this moment -- which, as I've said already, is we all we have.