Today is all I have. It’s all anyone has. But my mind has had the habit of imagining the future. Now, the COVID -19 pandemic has shown me the folly of this mental habit. In the midst of this crisis, my imagination fabricated terrifying possibilities causing me extreme anxiety and distress.
Not wanting to live this way, and realizing what my mind was doing, I began to practice staying out of my imagination and attending to the present moment. Doing so led to feeling peaceful, even happy, again.
Being present isn’t easy. My mind has a strong habit of going elsewhere. It’s not like flipping a switch. Rather, I have to watch my mind, moment to moment, to see where it’s going. It’s like meditation; constantly bringing it back into the present. It’s a practice.
Knowing that this moment is all I have encourages me to make the most of it; fully experience it. I can take reasonable precautions concerning the crisis, but I don’t have to think about it all the time. Being present, I can respond to the situation far better than if I’m incapacitated by imagined possibilities.