Mastering The Art Of Now

“Wherever you are, be all there.”

Jim Elliott

Heyyyy Black Girl,

First off, Happy New Year!! I pray that the new year is treating you well and that you’re making the necessary changes in your life. For us, we’ve updated our logo and made some cosmetic changes. Bear with us as we continue to make more changes and strive to be better in the New Year!

I don’t know about you, but I’ve already learned a few lessons in the new year and it’s only been a little over a month. One being simple but hard to master, ‘living in the moment’. If you’re anything like me, you’re always thinking ahead, reflecting on the past, waiting on ‘Friday’ or waiting on this or that. You’re never actually enjoying the moment. It wasn’t until I went to this mindfulness workshop, that I realized I wasn’t taking advantage of all of life’s little moments. I would be physically present, but mentally somewhere else. Here’s what I’ve learned so far:

Let Go Of The Past

Sometimes we can’t enjoy the present because we’re stuck in the past. Our mind is consumed with thoughts of “what if” and “should’ve, could’ve, would’ve.” Dwelling on the past is probably the worst thing you can do because there’s nothing you can do to change it. What you CAN do is focus on the now and make better decisions for your future. Let the past go!

Plan For The Future, But Live In The Moment

It’s perfectly fine to plan for the future but make sure you’re content with the things you have now. Don’t become so obsessed with your future that you forget about the present. Enjoy what you have because at any given moment God can take it away. In addition to that, plan but don’t allow yourself to obsess over potential outcomes.

Stop Worrying

One of my favorite scriptures says, “so don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” (Matthew 6:34)

One thing that causes us not to live in the moment is being in a constant state of worry. Sometimes I catch myself worrying about things that haven’t even happened yet and I have to check myself like “girl, chill out.” Worrying doesn’t do anything but add unnecessary stress to your life. So enjoy the present moment, you can never get those moments back. Leave the troubles of tomorrow for tomorrow.

P.S: What lessons have you learned so far in the New Year?

With Love,


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