As a single mother working as a full-time employee and a business owner/entrepreneur, it can make live very challenging, to say the least. It’s only natural for me and other women in my position to dwell on the negatives of past by not trying to repeat it or focusing too much on the future. Not focusing on the now causes layers of stress. I must admit, I’ve been guilty of this problem for years. I stress about work, finances, relationships, and it all gives me the inability to just…live.
We have to learn to live in the present moment. In doing so, we release all tension and worry. This is the act of practicing everyday mindfulness. Accepting what is happening in our lives now gives us the freedom to live without the stress of what was and what could/should be. We also begin to trust the process of where our lives are headed; Taking us in the direction to where we need to be. Granted, our environment does a good job of reminding us that where we are is not the final destination of our journey, which is why we tend to push ourselves to do better, to be better, and to strive for a better tomorrow. We don’t realize the level of pressure we give ourselves to live up to the standards of others…or even our own. The anxiety to create a better future and the cautiousness of not repeating the past is a battle that is fought daily.
Practicing everyday mindfulness relieves all the stress, worry, and anxiety. Being aware of the daily activities, think positive thoughts, surround yourself with things you love to keep you motivated, and take one step at a time…in your life, in your job, and with your relationships. We cannot predict the future, so it makes no sense in trying to do so. All we can do about the past is learn from it. What was done has been done. Move on, let go, and let God.