Living in the pasture


Lao Tzu said that,

“If you are depressed you are living in the past. If you are anxious you are living in the future. If you are at peace you are living in the present.”

We can’t change the past. And in a time of churning and change we certainly can’t guarantee the future. Even if we have the resources of a billionaire, a CEO, a prime minister or a President, we still can’t control everything. Nobody can.

So if we cannot change the past and we cannot predict the future, the best we can do is learn to live completely and fully in the now: in the past-ure.

Inner Leadership is a framework and tools for learning to live, and lead, in that past-ure.

And when we do this we gain new energy. Because, as Alan Watts said:

“The meaning of the fact … that everything is dissolving constantly… That is allowing you that you don’t have to let go, because there is nothing to hold on to…
[And] any time you… voluntarily let up control… you have an access of power. … [You become] one with the Divine Principle, you have the energy… [And it is] power with which you can be trusted.”

Between the past and the future is the pasture.

How much of your time do you currently spend reflecting on the past, worrying about the future, or living in the pasture? Would you like to change that and fully experience today?

Adapted from Inner Leadership: tools for building inspiration in times of change.

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