Practicing Mindfulness

Something I've been trying to practice, more and more, is mindfulness, or living in the moment.  Although, this is actually something I'm pretty good at, I find that I get lost in my thoughts way too often. I don't stress often and I'm not afraid to take risks; my thing is losing focus and feeling like shit when I don't accomplish something. I think part of being a "creative type" comes with a side effect- a mind that is constantly in motion- going from one idea to the next in a split second. It's awesome in a way, because I'm able to dream and envision things I want for myself, (When I'm focused, and aware, my stubbornness and Will take over, and I make things happen) On the other hand, this brain of mine gets in the way of actually doing, cause all that thinking takes up a lot of time. 

We cannot live in the past; it is gone. Nor can we live in the future; it is forever beyond our grasp. We can live only in the present. If we are unaware of our present actions, we are condemned to repeating the mistakes of the past and can never succeed in attaining our dreams for the future.
— S.N. Goenka

What about you; do you ever feel like you get in the way of your own life? Maybe you suffer from anxiety, maybe a lack of confidence that holds you back; or a maybe it's a fear of taking risks. (that all kinda sounded like a self-help infomercial. sorry)  Whatever it is, I think we all let our minds play tricks on us. 

We spend so much time lost in illusion, creating scenarios in our heads, that we are actually creating our own suffering. Being in our heads stops us from focusing on what is happening now. 

For me, I wonder if it's more than just being stuck in my thoughts. I don't know, but I know I don't want to think too hard about it. A vicious cycle, I guess. I just want to be aware of when it's happening, and snap out of it. Anyway, that's where I'm at, and what I'm working on-- what I'm doing for my spirit at the moment. There are some awesome things that I really really want to see flourish, and if I just get the hell outta of my head for a bit, it'll all work out. 

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