EDITION: April - June 2017

Living in the present

By Sabina Brownstein
The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past or worry about the future, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.” – Buddha

There are two powerful tools you can use to stay centered in the present moment: Gratitude and Forgiveness. Gratitude keeps your mind from wandering into the future, and forgiveness stops it from dwelling on the past.

Gratitude focuses your attention on the good things that are happening in your life. As soon as you wake up in the morning think of something you are grateful for, and keep looking for those things all day. Just before you go to sleep take a moment to give thanks for what made you feel good that day.

Forgiveness frees you from the emotions of the past by letting go of a situation that caused you pain. It does not excuse the other person from any wrongdoing. It is your personal decision to stop carrying around that pain. Nelson Mandela once said, ”Holding a resentment is like drinking poison and hoping it will kill your enemy.”