Midweek Mindfulness: It's all happening

{midweek mindfulness} I was in full trip planning mode.   The details were coming into place and the itinerary would soon be set.  I began accounting unforeseen circumstances, and projecting the inevitable (in my mind, anyway) problems and theoretical outcomes. If I could just figure out the predicaments I was predicting then, well, everything would be JUST FINE…err, yes, I would spend every moment of my ‘right now’ to ‘make right’ my undetermined ones. {Wait. Huh?, “yo, blog girl, are you trippin?”}

And yes, my friends, I was full on FUTURE TRIPPING!

Do you ever future trip? You know, wishing and worrying away present circumstances and/or problems as to create a “perfectly” ideal future. Do you find yourself thinking, “When this {fill in the blank} happens, then it will be ok” or “If I just didn’t have to deal with {fill in the blank} then life would move along at a pace I could adjust too.”  We play out negative scenarios of doom and gloom as well as grand situations of grit and glory-- all in our minds. 

We even future trip on people and relationships, imagining them to be different to suit our future ideal. You are a smart woman{or man}, though, my dear.  You were, in fact, #divinelydesigned, so you are wise to giving into “fantasies of perfection.”  But sweet sister, have we idealized: “fine, “calm”, “normal”,  “comfort”,  “security”,  “good insurance coverage”, or “last year’s white linen pants size” {so I’ve heard} into our own idea of perfect?  We know in your heart that your value is not found in external things or circumstances, so why do we pursue peace like it is something we are on the hurried hunt for? The prized golden Egg to be snatched up during the Spring Easter Egg Party.  Instead of practicing peace where we are, you know realizing it is right here with us, we ramp up our rhythm.  We frantically run our hearts, minds, and lives in every direction searching it out.  I want a golden egg and I want it now!

Beware; future tripping is not your friend. Like comparison, it’s a sneaky bitch.  Future tripping quietly comes around like day dreaming and “wishin and hopin” but can quickly transform into anxiety, fear, and discontentment.  You spend time dreading hypothetical situations instead of being actively present in your current one. Being passive in our present robs our ability to fully experience the joy and fulfillment that is possible right now.  No ticket needed.  Future tripping is not unlike being being paralyzed by the past—past circumstances, past thought patterns, and even your past self.  You know, our minds are powerful. Reliving your regrets of yesterdays robs you of right now. Today. 

Remember to be #mindfulinyourmanner. Take a moment and listen to your thoughts. {Oh yeah, this is a trip you can take!}

Are they cluttered with future fears?

Do “what ifs?” and “if onlys” make a lot of noise?

The sound of worry and anxiousness may be so normalized in your mind and heart that it can be difficult to discern.  Give yourself grace and quiet your mind.

 Settle in and listen. 

What do you hear?

Sweet friends, the remedy for recovering from future tripping is not a newly discovered system.  It’s Gospel Truth: You are not your circumstances: past or future.  You are free to embrace the identify of who you are in God, and rely on Him to clean out the clutter of your mind.  We can’t fix ourselves, but He can.  An anxious mind and worrisome heart is not only unhealthy, it’s unholy. Friends, with compassion, He commands us: DON’T FUTURE TRIP: 

“ Here is the bottom line: do not worry about your life. Don’t worry about what you will eat or what you will drink. Don’t worry about how you clothe your body. Living is about more than merely eating, and the body is about more than dressing up. Look at the birds in the sky. They do not store food for winter. They don’t plant gardens. They do not sow or reap—and yet, they are always fed because your heavenly Father feeds them. And you are even more precious to Him than a beautiful bird. If He looks after them, of course He will look after youWorrying does not do any good; who here can claim to add even an hour to his life by worrying?

Nor should you worry about clothes. Consider the lilies of the field and how they grow. They do not work or weave or sew, and yet their garments are stunning Even King Solomon, dressed in his most regal garb, was not as lovely as these lilies. And think about grassy fields—the grasses are here now, but they will be dead by winter. And yet God adorns them so radiantly. How much more will He clothe you, you of little faith, you who have no trust?

 So do not consume yourselves with questions: What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?  Outsiders make themselves frantic over such questions; they don’t realize that your heavenly Father knows exactly what you need.  Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and then all these things will be given to you too So do not worry about tomorrow. Let tomorrow worry about itself. Living faithfully is a large enough task for today.”  (Matthew 6: 25-34)

Remember, we are His #divinedesign; “the product of His hand, heaven’s poetry etched on lives, created in the Anointed, Jesus, to accomplish the good works God arranged long ago.”{Ephesians 2:10} You were created by a Master Artist and Poet who loves you beyond your wildest dreams and future trips.  Practice living this truth today.  More prayer. Less Worry.  Keep practicing. Trust this practice. Trust Him.  Enjoy the ride right now.  Because, sweet friends, that is what we have. Not yesterday and not necessarily tomorrowBut today.  Lean in, listen, and live because “it’s all happening”

#marchmindfulness #handwrittenonmyheart #bemindfulinyourmanner  #peaceinthepresent #peaceintheprocess #divinedesign #convos2connect