On the running front, I missed my long run of 60 mins on Saturday because I was so sore from running last week and all the standing at the concert. I'm not worried about it, I just remember what my running coach told m which was to NOT make up runs, just pick up where you left off. I can't tell you what a relief that is - allowing myself to just let it go and pick back up where I left off. I would usually just beat myself up about missing the run, feel lazy or some other negative emotion. Keeping it positive really and him 'giving me permission' to just pick up where I left off is so refreshing and new for me. I'm really focused in the last year on positive emotions, positive self talk and living in the moment. Really just soaking up the current moment and letting the past and the future go! Its a constant struggle to really focus on that - but it really works well for me. I enjoy much more of life this way.
I read something Deepak Chopra said and it struck a chord with me - he said thinking about the past is a waste of energy and time. We can't change the past. We spend so much time thinking about something that happened, thinking about someone who did something that upset us, and then we think about the future and what can go wrong, what will go awry and angry about the situation or angry at the person who did something wrong. But why? We can't change it. We also can't affect what that person does in the future. We also spend and waste soo much of our time living in the future. We are always thinking about what we need to do next, what we're going to do, where we need to be, how someone else is going to feel about something, who is going to be upset. Focusing instead on the current moment as it is and enjoying the people around us, the things that we're doing and appreciating the moment we're in is a much more richer experience and more personally satisfying. It doesn't mean we shouldn't plan the future -we all have hectic schedules. Its just a reminder to stop fretting and worrying about what's going to happen and instead focus on what you can do today, right now, at this very moment. Its in those current moments that change happens. Its in those moments that I get my butt off my bed and make the decision to go run and enjoy the run - and I work to enjoy every minute of it. I work to focus on not thinking about the past that I can't change, and I don't worry as much or spend all my time thinking through all the possible scenarios of what will happen in the future. What has already happened, has already happened. What's going to happen is going to happen - I'll deal with the outcomes then - when they actually happen. I'm not going to spend minutes and hours thinking about all the possible things that are going to go wrong or how they could go wrong. I realized I do that A LOT! So I thought I'd share it with you too. Stop and just enjoy the seconds that you're in right now! Its kinda, well, peaceful and it settles me. I know I can't do it all the time - but I can do it some of the time and thinking and practicing enjoying the single moment I'm in and appreciating the people I'm with has had a positive effect on me. I hope you take a minute and just exhale and enjoy a few moments today!