All too often I catch myself wishing I was further ahead than I am with some parts of my life. I get impatient with where things are and try to rush life forward. I’m sure you’ve caught yourself doing that as well.
We can do this for both positive and negative situations. When something good is on the horizon we can try to rush through the present moment to get there. When we are going through something challenging we can try to force ourselves through that to a more positive place. Neither of these options are actually good.
Good things are always coming to us. Trying to rush from one good thing to the next doesn’t allow us the time to relax into what we have right now and enjoy it. A gratitude practice can be helpful because it forces us to be grateful for what we have right now. Living in the future is what causes us anxiety, stress, and worry. It makes sense to live in present moment – but it’s hard!
It may seem weird to suggest that we don’t want to rush things even if we are going through a hard time. I see challenging times as a growth opportunity. I’ve seen myself grow WAY more when I was struggling through something than when life was good and easy. Growth comes from those hard times! Being able to slow down, connect with yourself through meditation, and learn more about yourself is an amazing opportunity.
What are you going through in your life that you are wishing your way through? Can you slow down and just appreciate where you are?
Eckhart Tolle sums it up quite nicely in this quote:
“Unease, anxiety, tension, stress, worry – all forms of fear – are caused by too much future, and not enough presence. Guilt, regret, resentment, grievances, sadness, bitterness, and all forms of non-forgiveness are caused by too much past, and not enough presence.”