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“In order to cherish the now, we must make peace with the past.”

The constant demand that life provides causes us to be continually moving at a fast pace. There is always a need, a want, or something to get done…so much that we never really get the chance to stop and take a break to process the current happenings all around us. Everything in our society is based on speed. The faster you can do or accomplish something provides the facade of the great successes that we are all working towards. In a fast-paced society, the rapid urgency that we encounter in our daily lives is in place because there seem to be so many things to do in so little time. As a result of our current fast-paced society, we are continually bombarded with a growing number of self-conflicting issues that hinder us in the everyday functions of life. There’s everything from control issues to impatience, complacency, and even cynicism. We are consumed by an affinity for luxury, and the need to win…we have to be the BEST at what we do in order to get what we want. This also creates a lacking sense of commitment because everything is changing so fast that as soon as you get comfortable with one thing there is a newer, shinier thing that sparkles brighter than the one you thought you wanted before. This self-bombardment then propels us to relentlessly prosper against the tawdry lifestyles we live. Along with having to adjust to the rapid movement of society, we have also become accustomed to working so hard for a better future and improving where we are currently at in life that we often get lost in dodging the thoughts and trials of a remembered past and the raging levels of cynicism we hold for an anticipated future. The mind is a noisy place. Whether reminiscing or regretting what has happened, the ephemeral issues of the past and the future cause us to focus less on the present. We develop an acquiesce nature of complacency, reluctantly accepting our conditions and forgetting to experience what’s happening right here and now.

“If you worry about what might be, and wonder what might have been, you will ignore what is.” – Unknown

You make the most out of life by living in the present. To be present is to live freely and make the most out of life the way it is now sand everything that is in it. It encourages in people the act of being effervescent and untroubled, focusing on the blithe, openness, serenity and effervescence that the future is to hold.

“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.” – Buddha

How can you practice “Intentional Living” and be more present in 2014?