Eventide By The Sea:

Quietude Through Presence

“If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.” – Amit Ray

Though it’s important to always step back and examine the larger picture of your life, doing so too much or too often can be quite overwhelming. Trying to make sense of all the challenges you faced yesterday as well as the ones you may face tomorrow can dispirit and paralyze you. To regain your composure and direction, focus back in on today, on the here and now. Live in your breath, one moment at a time, one obstacle after another.

“If you are depressed you are living in the past if you are anxious you are living in the future, if you are at peace, you are living in the present.” – Lao Tzu

If you’re feeling overburdened with worry or distress, pause for a moment and examine why. You may be ruminating on past or future events that are in fact, in this moment, not real. Work towards accepting the things you cannot change, reframing past or future events in a positive light when possible. Focus back in on the present, on what you can do now.

“I am content; that is a blessing greater than riches; and he to whom that is given need ask no more.” – Henry Fielding

Most people prefer to avoid or deny any mental distress they have rather than face it. Unfortunately, avoidance of uncomfortable thoughts is likely to lead only to a prolonged or more severe state of discontentment. Instead of denial or evasion, It’s far more productive to explore your own thoughts, as this is the first step towards changing them or redirecting your focus. Remember, you are more than the thoughts in your head. Your thoughts are simply abstractions, passing ideas that you can actually learn to control or react differently to. This is what it means to master your perspective.

“Peace is always beautiful.” – Walt Whitman

The person who has gained a deep understanding of their thoughts will always be more content, more peaceful, as the negative thoughts that burden the psyches of others are no longer a challenge for that person to dispel. In time, you can learn to disallow negative or unproductive thoughts from entering your mind, shoving them away intentionally as they pop into being. Never having a negative thought is likely impossible, but bending those thoughts to your will is well within your grasp.