There are some helpful questions we can ask ourselves to train our minds to be in the present. These include ......
Is this memory useful for me now?
I learned this way to train our minds to be more in the present, from my Teachers Lama Marut and Cindy Lee. It involves questioning ourselves with ‘Is this memory useful for me now’? And of course if it is not maybe replacing it with a more helpful thought or choosing to forgive.
Is this memory useful for my present peace o mind?
This is a simple question we can ask ourselves whenever a memory from the past pops into our mind to ruin our present. We can ask ourselves if this memory is useful to our present peace of mind? If not, which will often be the case, let it go and take some breaths to bring you back into the present.
Is future worry about what may or may not happen useful for me now?
Another question that might be useful to ask is when our mind projects us into worry about the future; Is future worry about what may or may not happen useful for me now?
The answer is always no because worry is always a waste of time. As Lama Marut says if something unwanted happens and we can do something about it, do that and don’t worry; if we can’t do anything about it, do nothing and don’t worry.
A worry free period.
Another strategy I find helpful to reduce my tendency to be unable to stop worrying is to say to myself ‘I am not going to worry about that now. I will spend some time at say 6pm tonight worrying about it. Usually by the time my chosen worry time arrives I have forgotten about what I had been worried about.
With love, appreciation and very best well wishes to us all