Present in the Present

Angie Be Still, Breathe, Future, Gratitude, Insight, Inspiration, Learning, Lessons, Letting Go, Present, Questions, Roll With It, Wisdom, Worries 4 Comments


“Clearly, all fear has an element of resistance and a leaning away from the moment. Its dynamic is not unlike that of strong desire except that fear leans backward into the last safe moment while desire leans forward toward the next possibility of satisfaction. Each lacks presence.” ~Stephen Levine

Dear Universe,

Recently, I find myself thinking more and more about the future.

My mind fills with questions, thoughts, worries, fears, hopes, dreams, wishes…

They come to me in the morning when I first wake up.  They hit me in the middle of an afternoon errand.  They nag at me at night as I try to fall into a peaceful sleep.

I think it’s because of this.

Change is upon me.  This has been a year filled with new opportunities, people, places and adventures.  2014 has brought fresh lessons, shifts in perspectives and reminders of what I value most.

And the year isn’t even near to being over.

“The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.” ~Abraham Lincoln

Knowing that more change is up ahead and inevitable can be exciting.  I’ve been waiting a while for it, after all.  But still, even when you most want something, getting it can be scary.  You might question if you’re really ready for all this change and newness—especially after being still for so long.

Gratefully and gracefully receiving my blessings, without worrying so much, is something I need to work on.

I guess it might be because change can be frightening.  It can shake you all the way down to your core, fill you with anxiety at all hours of the day and make your mind race in a million different directions.

Here’s what I’m discovering.

There is a difference between being afraid and being legitimately concerned.


Legitimate concerns are usually tangible and specific.  They are the types of things you can voice out loud without sounding crazy.  You can work through them in a logical way.

Fears can come out of nowhere and transpire from nothing.  They are the types of things you don’t always want to share with someone because you—well, you guessed it—are afraid you will sound crazy or irrational.  They can’t always be worked out because they are mostly hypothetical situations.

Having this realization has helped calm me down some.  Now when my mind goes racing with worries about the future, I try to separate what’s a legitimate concern and what’s simply my mind coming up with a ridiculous scenario that probably won’t ever happen.

So the next time you find your mind racing with one scary thought after another scary question, try to ask yourself what’s legitimate and what’s worth letting go of.

I promise that most of your frightening thoughts are just that.  Thoughts.

Your mind is a powerful thing.  Whenever possible replace a negative thought with a positive one.  Quiet it with some meditation and most of all…

Stay in the moment.  The future will happen soon enough.  Be present in the present.

With Gratitude,



Comments 4

  1. A.Reese

    This is the most perfect thing I’ve read all day. It’s almost like you have been sitting at my turquoise dining room table with me…..thanks for writing and sharing.

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    Thanks so much for reading and taking the time to write me a message! It makes me so happy to know this resonated with you.

    I love that you have a turquoise dining room table! 🙂

  3. Diantha

    I realized a few things about fear and legitimate concerns too this year. I finally trust that I will know what to do if the “worst case scenario” comes to be. Each minute I prepare for the worst I am not in the present and I have invited negativity into my space. I’ve always come through any difficult thing, any unknown thing, and been okay on the other side of it and I trust that I will know what to do in any given situation. Now I consciously choose to let go of fear and even most legitimate concerns and it’s working for me, maybe it will for you too.

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      Thanks for your inspiring words! Letting go of fears is something I continue to remind myself of! I’m glad it’s gotten easier for you. I like the idea of trusting you will know what to do no matter what. That’s reassuring. 🙂

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