Seems like you can’t turn around these days without someone telling you to keep your mind in the present moment.
I tell my students that all the time.
I have told students for 30 years that being able to keep your mind in the present moment is one of the main benefits of journaling.
I’m usually pretty good at keeping my mind in the present moment.
This year, however, between cataract operations, I worried about catching a cold—which for me always means bronchitis. (Thinking like that is not keeping your mind in the present moment, even if it seems like “Truth.”)
I actually did get ill. Something low grade. I sucked on a lot of zinc tablets, drank a lot of water, and journaled with one eye healing and another eye not useful, throughout the day. I had three journals going. I picked one up every time my mind started to drift into the “what if.” I wrote things out of my system. I focused on things I could take action on. I started laughing at myself every time I picked up a journal.
I didn’t catch bronchitis. My nose and lungs cleared. I hardly coughed. I was able to have my second cataract surgery on schedule and move on.
This is just one reason on a list too long to number, that I am grateful for my journal practice.