The world is so busy and moves so fast and we tend to live our lives thinking about the past or future. Sometimes we think about minor things in the past like people we knew or places we visited or sometimes we think about more serious things that affected us, like people that have passed over or a past lover. Our revisits to the past can last for one minute, 15 minutes or hours depending on the strength and the pull of the memories. Our minds work by chains of associations so you tend to find that when you think of one thing in the past, it sparks off a a chain of thoughts that can spiral and lead you to other memories. Your mood switches too as you recall things and you can experience laughter, sadness, anger, puzzlement and regret in a short space of time. But this will have nothing to do with the present and it will not be appropriate to the present.
The opposite side of the coin is thinking about the future. People encourage each other to project into the future by asking what your plans are or where you think things are heading etc. Then we start fantasising, plotting or worrying about something that has not unfolded yet.
But we lose something forever when we think of the past or future. We lose the present. We can never reclaim it. We also might have missed something really important or missed out on seeing something that would have delighted our senses or given us inspiration or even changed our future.
Sometimes we just need to stop our spiralling thoughts and just be in the now. We need to become fully conscious of where we are at the present and no matter what is troubling or causing our thoughts to rewind or go on fast forward, we need to just be fully mindful in the present. If we do, we will usually get a feeling of calm and peace and a strong sense that everything is alright and that we are feeling fine deep down. There is an inner calm and knowing that we are safe.
The past and future are the stealers of our present but they are illusions. One is no more and one is not yet. Now is where we are and the more that we keep our mind and conscious attention in the now, the calmer we will feel and we will really begin to experience life and see it with wonder.
When you practise Reiki or go for a Reiki session it is important to be in the present so that you are not worried about the past (which ranges from what happened before you arrived to your infancy) or the future which is just a fantasy. Treat yourself to relaxation in the present so that you can fully benefit from what is happening. Create a clearing in your mind and body so that it can draw on the experience which is in the now. Give yourself a present in the present.
Just For Now, Just For Today, Do Not Worry.
Just For Now. Just For Today. Just Be.