Is Being Mindful Only About The Present? #MondayMusings

The other day I came across an article on mindfulness in the papers which, well, talked about the benefits of living in the present. Accepting and acknowledging our present ensures a tomorrow with both our past and future in harmony. The piece basically conveyed this idea. It was a good read and even made sense to me to a certain extent. But there were parts of it which bugged me. One being the difficulty in achieving this state of being. How does one concentrate only in the present without thinking about the past or worrying about the future? Is living in the moment, in the present so to speak, so easy?

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

Haven’t we all been taught to learn from the past? Now for doing so, don’t we have to keep the past within reach? Yes, not live in it certainly but not turn our backs to it either. History, for example, teaches us so much. Why do we study it, chronicle it? Is it not to go back in times of crisis to employ lessons, sidestepping mistakes already committed by humanity?

“Study the past if you would define the future.” ― Confucius

About the future, well, isn’t planning for it absolutely imperative to leading a life full of awareness? Life’s air bags for those horrible accidents, if and when they occur, are absolute musts. I cannot find one activity that we engage in which doesn’t involve an outlook for the future. Being far sighted and planning for those rainy days are considered preconditions to a good life, aren't they?

“When you do the things in the present that you can see, you are shaping the future that you are yet to see.” ― Idowu Koyenikan

So, how can we be mindful yet at the same time keep the past and future in view, for apparently, and from experience, that is needed too? It could be that I’m completely off the mark here. But we can’t drive without a rear-view mirror or without the visibility of what lies ahead, can we?

What is mindfulness really?

Is it only about the present?

How do we strike a balance between the past, the present and the future?


I'm so happy to co-host #MondayMusings with Corinne this week, someone from whom I have learnt a lot not only about blogging but about life too. Yes, her writings are such.

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