“If you are depressed you are living in the past.
If you are anxious you are living in the future.
If you are at peace you are living in the present.”
― Lao Tzu
When I read this passage, something inside me responded to it. I must admit that during these crazy times, I sometimes feel confused and frustrated. It seems that I am pulled from one stressful moment to another, with no relief from the misery and unhappiness that are prevalent everywhere.
Then I remember to take a few deep breaths and just look at the situation. Somehow this clears my mind and allows me to see reality as it is, not as how my mind wants it to be. I become a watchful presence.
The wonderful thing is that when I enter this state of peacefulness, things start to improve. The fog is lifted from my mind. I am able to see clearly and respond accordingly. I see the beauty that is present in each moment.