Last night I was visiting my parents and ended up overeating. I ate a lot: two hamburgers, peanut butter, microwave popcorn, and some candy bars. Instead of using their weights, which I had thought I would do, I sat around and watched TV. It was me going back to an old pattern I had when I lived with them, before I had lost 20 pounds and gotten in shape. As I went to bed, I wasn’t very happy with myself.
But then I woke up, and as part of my morning meditation (from Chanting From The Heart) I was reminded:
Waking up this morning, I smile.
Twenty four brand new hours are before me.
I vow to live fully in each moment
and to look at all beings with eyes of compassion
This is a reminder that every day is new. Every moment is new. And this is important to remember when you are setting goals and resolutions and fail to stick with them.
The past is a collection of memories, experiences, and emotions. While I am not downplaying the difficulty of dealing with problems in the past, the past doesn’t exist. The “failure” to eat right yesterday. When you checked out your toxic ex’s profile a few days ago. When you were too busy to go to the gym. Those are now memories clouding your ability to do the best right now – today.
No matter what you did yesterday, or even ten minutes ago, the now belongs to you, the best you. So get back on the track you want. Think of this whenever you reach the end of a day you feel like you didn’t reach your goals. The next moment is always yours.