Too many humans spend their lives rehashing the past or fretting about the future. Is this you?
Sure, the world is jam-packed with obligations and distractions. On a typical workday, my two-legged dad shifts between sending e-mails, making phone calls and running to appointments.
My mom jumps from one activity to another and races from thought to thought until it’s hard to tell where one stops and the other begins.
Looking forward is excellent, until you become so obsessed with the future that you miss what’s right under your nose.
Take it from me, people: To live mindfully and in the moment, you need to let go and loosen up. Stop being a slave to your schedule. Turn down the volume on the chatter in your head—you know, all the “could’ves,” “should’ves” and “would’ves” that cause so much anxiety and guilt.
Easier said than done, right? Well, yes and no. Stop overthinking things. Be aware of your thoughts, but don’t get lost in them. If it’s a bright and sunny summer day and you feel like sticking your head out the car window, then stick your head out the window (as long as it’s safe, of course). Don’t stop to think about all the reasons you shouldn’t. In the time it takes to imagine what other people will think or worry about messing up your hair, the chance will be gone.
Instead, do it because it’s fun. Do it because you can. Do it because your dog wouldn’t give it a second thought.
By Bella the Boxer, adapted from her book Secrets of a Working Dog: Unleash Your Potential and Create Success. Visit www.BellaTheBoxer.com