I’ve been focused on living in the present moment – keeping my body and mind as one. At Dr. Tae Yun Kim‘s martial arts academy, this is the first of seven principles that is taught. Just because it is the first item, that doesn’t make it any easier than the other six. It’s a matter of discipline and constantly checking in with myself.
Dr. Tae Yun Kim also discusses this in one of her books, The Silent Master: Awakening the Power Within, “There is an important distinction between being and becoming. Remember, I said only the present moment, and not the future exists in reality; therefore, the present moment is the only creative place for you to act. If you take a stance of becoming, you are placing your growth in the future, which is a time that never comes. If you take the chance of being, place the truth of your being as here, right now in the present. You are now all that you ever can be.”
This distinction made between “becoming” and “being” is very important. It’s akin to knowing a task needs to be done, and deciding to do it later, rather than right now. It’s a matter of action and accountability. As the saying goes, “someday never comes” and when I have goals that I don’t also set clear deadlines for, it allows my laziness to seep in and procrastinate.