“The way to live in the present is to remember that ‘This too shall pass.’ When you experience joy, remembering that ‘This too shall pass’ helps you savor the here and now. When you experience pain and sorrow, remembering that ‘This too shall pass’ reminds you that grief, like joy, is only temporary.” ~Joey Green
It’s the middle of the night and you wake with a sharp intake of breath, you cannot remember what woke you up however going back to sleep will be next to impossible as you perseverate on the events of the previous day.
It is at times like these that turning away from unhelpful, unhealthy and intrusive thoughts to get yourself back to sleep is important and over the years I have returned to sleep with the repeated phrase ‘this too will pass’.
Being mindful of the life you have lived and the things you have over come provides you with the buffers you need to weather unpleasant times.
Joey Green is also correct that being mindful that times of joy and pleasure will pass helps to focus the mind to remain present in your joy. Again here we can look to the children around us to understand what being present in joy looks like.