I am here.
I am now.
I am present.
As an individual in recovery, many of my day-to-day problems are caused by not living in my here and now. I obsess over things I think I should have done or should have said in the past. I regret decisions not made, chances not taken. I dwell in resentment. I project too far into the future. I catastrophize, often letting my mind wander to every possible what if scenario that may play out in my life time. I fear the future, the unknown.
For survivors of trauma, feeling stuck in past can become the norm. Fretting the future seems essential, a frantic attempt to protect ourselves from past hurts playing out again. Although addressing the root causes of these problems may require extensive outside help, as a day-to-day survival strategy, reminding myself that the only moment I really have is the present can work wonders in your recovery journey. Saying the three affirmations that open this meditation to yourself may help guide you there. They can be especially powerful when you intentionally connect your feet to the ground or sit against a wall (or some other supportive structure). If it doesn’t work for you right away or you worry about whether you’re doing it right, stick with it. The beauty of simple statements is that you can repeat them over and over again until they flow like a song. If these three statements don’t seem to be a good fit, what are three statements you can use to anchor you back to the present moment?
Photograph by David Reiter
Dr. Jamie Marich
Curator of the Dancing Mindfulness expressive arts blog: a celebration of mindfully-inspired, multi-modal creativity