If you have a hard time with... time, try these mantras for presence. Use them in your meditations or anytime as guides back to peace. Back home, to yourself, right here. No matter "how much time" you have or don't have. You might even fall in love with being alive again.
5 Mantras for Presence to Heal Your Relationship with Time
1. Here and now is everything.
Even when you think about the past or future, you're thinking in the present moment. The thoughts may be somewhere else, but you're always here, now.
When in the past, breathe in forgiveness. When in the future, breathe in hope. When in the present, breathe in life.
“Stop measuring days by degree of productivity and start experiencing them by degree of presence.” — Alan Watts
2. All renewal happens here.
The beauty of living “in the now” is this: you interrupt the pathways of the past so you can respond differently now. Which means you can change the past, in a way. You can see new possibilities for tomorrow. And you can feel new energy, here.
“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” — Lao Tzu
3. My past heals in the present.
Beauty, gratitude, generosity — things that come alive in the present moment.
Old wounds can heal when you immerse yourself in this moment. You can take some deep breaths, sit with your feelings, and hold all the pieces of yourself... here. That way, when you move forward, you take your whole self with you.
“When you learn to live from your timeless self, every moment is healing.” - Deepak Chopra
4. The real treasures are here.
The only time you really have is this moment. It's all you need to feel the richness of your life, the fullness of your breath, the wholeness of your being... of your being here. Don't miss this chance to be alive. It's what you're here for. By the grace of the universe or a miracle or infinite miracles, you're here for this.
“One conscious breath in and out is meditation.” - Eckhart Tolle
5. I make space.
Instead of thinking “time is running out” or “I have no time,” say something like “I'm making space” or “I am enough and this moment is enough.” If you did nothing else but practice awareness, leaning into the space you're inhabiting, your whole life would get better, richer.
“Honor the space between no longer and not yet.” — Nancy Levin
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Which of these mantras is your favorite?
Tell me in the comments. I read every single one, and I'd love to know!
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